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Old 08-28-2012, 05:14 PM   #41
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Propofol is common. As I understand it's fast acting and short lasting. So, you'd be in and out and half-aware, if not less . Not sure what I'd be on..perhaps the same.
I'm and old hand at this procedure, no biggie. I don't like the crap I have to drink but what can ya do. I can understand why Michael Jackson liked the Propofol, very relaxing. I always ask the nurse for some to bring home.

I almost forgot, next month it's that time again. 4 years since my last Propofol trip.
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All went well in my "procedure" today. The Propofol anesthetic was very effective--I was "out" amazingly fast. There was no feeling of gradually losing awareness as one gets with some anesthetics. I was fully conscious and talking with the RN administering the anesthesia, then woke up in the recovery room. Fully ready to walk out (and get something to eat!) in about 5 minutes.

One small polyp. I can't even see it on the photo--I think the doc is related to my auto mechanic who always finds something to fix. I have to go back in 5 years.

Easy! As most have said, the prep is a bigger inconvenience than the colonoscopy.
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I've never been requested to pay upfront before. Usually, I just show my card, get tested/treated, the insurance figures to bill after any discounts, then I pay. I suppose, since it might be a big bill, the 10% works like earnest money when buying a car. Guess they are afraid I'll skip town (sore butt and all) LOL .
A lot of outpatient places started doing that after being stuck with bills for elective procedures .
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Got back from my appointment a couple of hours ago. Results...I have a mild hemorrhoid (I already knew that) and the rest, clean as a whistle . No polyps, so that means I'm good for 10 years until the next screening.

Yes, the preparation was worst than the procedure as when it was sedation time, the nurse explained, it's a little slow working at first but you will get sleepy. The next thing, I saw her in the room and was thinking "About to start?" When she says, "You're done!" . I was out like a light.
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Just did mine yesterday. I was really scared to do it... I hadn't been in any hospital setting for over 30 years. Result.... no cancer, healthy and normal colon. Whewwww.... relief!

I mixed Crystal Light into the bowl prep which made it tolerable. Though after a few glasses it became harder to drink. I ended up using Diet Sprite as a chaser after every couple of gulps.

The Medical Center where I had the scope was top notch. They were professional, friendly, and really put me at ease. I was completely out for the procedure. When I woke up, my wife was in the recovery room with me. Today, I feel absolutely no afteraffects. Though... I have cravings for nuts, seeds, red and purple foods.

When I need to do it again in 10 years, I'm hoping they will have developed the technology to do it Star Trek style... just by running a scanner along the outside of my body.
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Life_is_Good,

Glad that things turned out well for you. For me too, after about the fourth glass, things were starting to get difficult. Not only because of the fullness but also that was about when the show started . I don't know if I would have made it had the drink been the prescription stuff.

I just got my bill today from the hospital. When all the dusts settled, it looks like of the approximate $2300 for the procedure, I was only on the hook for about $500 as part of my annual deductible. The rest of the procedure was covered as in-network. I'm happy with that.
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I had my most recent colonoscopy Friday before last. Cost me 30 bucks out of pocket.
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I had my last 5-year one last spring, DW's turn is next week.

As usual the prep is worse than the procedure. They wheel me it, I get a little needle, wake up in recovery. No problem.
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I had one ~ 2 years ago and they found 3 small polyps that were benign, but the Dr said they were the type that could become a problem, so he put me on a 3 yr schedule. Now, during my annual physical last month, I tested positive for occult blood, so I get to return for the event on Monday, a year early. What fun.

Prep is the same as last time, Dulcolax pills, Gatorade/Miralax, followed by a magnesium citrate chaser 4 hours before the procedure. That citrate really hurt the old behind more so than the other stuff, so definitely not looking forward to that again. I'll try the baby wipes and see if that helps.

I hope this occult blood thing is no big deal, but I'm not going to worry about it until the Dr tells me otherwise. I also had to pay in advance, but my out of pocket was only $48.
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I mixed my prep with ginger ale . Ginger Ale is now banned from our house forever.
Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Whatever you mix it with you'll never like again. It follows that axiom that rats who survive a small amount of rat poison will never eat it again.
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Prep is the same as last time, Dulcolax pills, Gatorade/Miralax, followed by a magnesium citrate chaser 4 hours before the procedure. That citrate really hurt the old behind more so than the other stuff, so definitely not looking forward to that again. I'll try the baby wipes and see if that helps.
My prep was called Trilyte (I think). It came all inclusive as a mix in a large jug - just add water. I drank 3/4 of the jug on day one and the remaining 1/4 on day of the procedure. No additional pills or anything. I guess there is more than one way to empty a colon.
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I hope this occult blood thing is no big deal, but I'm not going to worry about it until the Dr tells me otherwise. I also had to pay in advance, but my out of pocket was only $48.
Turns out I had some internal hemorroids and 3 small polyps. So probably won't need another one for 5 more years. Prep, although the same as last time didn't seem as bad. I bought some baby wipes, but didn't need them. Also, was surprised that I woke up before they even wheeled me out of the procedure room and felt like I could have immediately done a 100 yd dash.
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