Last wednesday I had a colonoscopy and egd. The procedure took a lot longer than it was suppose to because the dr. found so many more polops than he had expected. He removed some , but there are 3 that I am going to have to go to another dr. for. He said they have got to come out. He told my husband he doesn't think it is cancer, but I am worried to death. We go back to him monday and he's going to talk to us more and set it up with whatever dr. we want to do the surgery. My question is -will the dr. open me up or is it done similar to the colonoscopy? will I be in the hospital a couple of days? I hate to be so dumb, but I have never had anything like this to happen to me and I am scared, but trying to not let my family know. Thanks for any replies.
As for your other questions . . . it depends on your specific situation. So only your doctor can answer them. If you are completely preoccupied, you might try calling the doctor's office and ask the basic questions. "Will it be a one day procedure or do I need to be preparing for a hospital stay of a couple of days?" I should think that much one of the nurses could find out for you.
The first time we face possible medical procedures, it is scary. (I was "lucky"; for my first operation, I went straight from the ER to the OR, so I didn't have time to think about it!) Just remember that the overwhelming majority go like clockwork.
Auntjudyg, I know that only the dr. can tell me the specifics about the surgery, I guess I was just grasping to find out more about this type of problem.
I had an aunt that used to say that we try to cross bridges before we get to them and I think that is what I have been doing. Even though colon cancer doesn't run in my family at all, in fact neither one of my parents ever had a colonoscopy, your always afraid it might start with you.
One thing about it though, if I get through this ok I will plan on having the test a lot more often than I have in the past.
Thanks for your reply.