i just watched a video from the mayo clinic about the colonoscopy. it shows just the colon area being examined. ( i never realized how long it is) whats the difference if any from the probing the anus to swallowing this little camera? i tried to look up where the patient swallows this tiny camera but was unsucesful. I mean i cant imagine they put one in the top and another in the bottom lol. anyone found a video where they do this? i think i am going to be scheduled in August. john
I checked. My wife had undergone this procedure in India about 8 years back. The procedure is performed by very experienced hand and the instrument is inserted thru anus under sedation.No question of swallowing stuff.You will be given guidelines and will be on laxative 1/2 days before.Pain is manageable.Do not worry. Prayers for your good health.thanks
I may be wrong, but, I believe the camera capsule is used when the docs want to watch the digestive process from down the chute to out the toot. Normally it is done only after other GI testing has given ambiguous results. It is usually done at the larger medical centers, so I doubt your little hospital (as you described it) will have the capability. With either the camera or the colonoscopy, you will still have to do the nasty prep the night before. A colonoscopy is over within less than an hour and they can tell you right away if anything was found. With the camera, it could take days to get the results and if anything is found (like polyps), they will still have to go in by colonoscopy to remove it and/or biopsy it. All of that can be done in one shot by having a colonoscopy to begin with. So, my dear John, I hope you will opt to just go ahead and do the colonoscopy. You really need to get it done considering your family history. It's a piece of cake. No sweat. Enjoy the nap!
Hugs, my friend!
Hi John. Sorry to cause you confusion. My daughter says I am rambling a lot because my disease is flaring up. For give me for crazy talk.
The colon is about six feet long. The camera at the end of the cope has a light and other tools that allow for examining the colon and looking for polyps and such. Most polyps are not a problem should you have one. They remove right away and make sure it is ok.
This is a flexible tube and the medication they use has you awake enough to move if you need to but usually you won't remember. My husband did. He said it was interesting.
Now the swallowed camera is for the process of investigating the entire GI system. Just as Kathy says. This is when they want to be sure there isn't a problem somewhere and not just the colon.
You will be having the tube in and out type. The process is not a big deal. The cleaning out of your system prior to it is quite exciting. Lol. Just drink the stuff ice cold and you will be fine. Works different for everyone so comparisons don't matter. A quiet night at home. You will be ok. Finding out how you are is the important part. That will generally not be done again for ten years.
Your are fine and it will be ok. There are far more complex things out there. This is what I call a bump in the road. You will have a good story to tell. Karen
Dear johnw - Sorry I don't know where a video is, however, I had my last colonoscopy & and camera deal in December 2012 (7 months ago). I was hospitalized due to a major Crohns flare-up and these tests were ordered to see what was going on. The camera was about the size of some Vitamins, large compared to a lot of pills, but, swallowed easily with plenty of water. We found some inflammation in upper part of small bowel that was not problematic before. I had no idea when I passed it and the info we got from it, in addition to the scope were invaluable in my treatment. I was afraid when they 1st mentioned it, but, when the time came for the camera, it was no big deal and for the scope I was more nervous because I KNEW what to expect. As usual the prep for these are the worst part. For the scope I had such a good cocktail, I didn't remember a thing. Good luck, be well as can be...
Dear johnw, sorry I got off track there. The camera shows the esphogus, stomach, small bowel and large intestines. This allows the doctor to see more than if just scope, may be looking for possible problem, or rule out, any thing higher than the large intestines. I forget exactly how long it is, but seem to remember somewhere around 12-14 feet of bowel. The scope cant go that far, so camera is great diagnostic tool.
You should be glad that they can do the colonoscopy now instead of the way they used to check the colon. My first experience was many years ago and they did a barium enema and xrays to see if everything looked okay. The barium enema requires all the same prep as the colonoscopy, but there is no sedation.
Since I have had a few of each I can tell you that I will take the colonoscopy over the barium enema any day. There is no guessing with the colonoscopy either which is a real plus.
You have your choice of sedation level too. I just told them that I didn't want to see, hear or feel anything and I didn't. Really nice to know right away what they saw too.
No John, it doesn't sound like you get to swallow the tiny camera. It's going to be the other end. The procedure is so fast and so not a big deal and I promise, on my honor, it won't be uncomfortable. Just the same, I think I better postpone my summer travel and stay on this continent until I'm sure you are past this hurdle. I will be here to hold your hand my friend. And you'll say, " Frenchie, why didn't you just tell me there was nothing to it?" And then I'll say, "John, I TRIED!" Let us know the DOE. Date of Entry Bwa ha ha haaa
The worst part of the colonoscopy for me was the fact than no one can ever find a vein on me! 3 different nurses tried arms, hands and then feet with no success. They had to go get the doctor and he came out and found one in my arm on the first try! They asked me if I was comfortable and I said yes. Then they asked me if I was OK a second time and I woke up to realize they were done!!! Didn't even know a thing! I now go every 5 years (had 2 and am due for a 3rd, because I have had 2 brothers that had colon cancer.
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