So yesterday marked the day of my first colonoscopy. To most people, the idea of a 2cm wide, 2 metre long piece of tubing going up the rear end would make them run for the hills… and admittedly, if you asked me a year ago, I would probably have responded in a similar fashion. However, as scary as it all seems, it really isn’t that bad!
The whole procedure took about 15-25 minutes, and interestingly, was done by a registrar, and supervised by a consultant, both of whom I had worked with when I did the gastro run at the beginning of last year. Luckily for me, I’m not one to care for awkwardness… also, it helps when the midazolam kicks in, it makes the anxieties float away…..
Long story short, the results were that 6 polyps were found and removed. These polyps are more than likely benign, although we wont know for sure until the histology comes back, which will hopefully be in a week or so. But, having seen a few colonoscopies myself, it looked not to bad down there. I was awake the entire procedure, although parts of it are a little hazy thanks to the midazolam. From a medical perspective, it was quite interesting to see the anastomosis where they terminal ileum joins the colon (formally at the cecum, and now at the transverse colon). I’m just glad my gut still works 90% of the time as it should.. 🙂
The next colonoscopy is likely to be in about 2 – 3 years, depending on what gastroenterologists think of the results.