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Old 06-08-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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I am scheduled for my first colonoscopy on Tues, and as I said in my prior posts, I am very nervous. Well, now I'm even MORE worried if that's possible. My neighbor had a colonoscopy on Friday, and they punctured a hole in her colon during the procedure! They weren't even removing a polyp or anything. They just told her husband that there are "bends" in your colon, so sometimes the scope gous right thru the colon wall instead of bending. She ended up needing emergency major surgery to repair the hole, and had a breathing and feeding tubes in her over the weekend. She's doing a little better now, but she'll be in the hospital for at least a week. After I heard that (they didn't know I was going in myself on Tuesday) I am debating on whether I should cancel or not. My husband seems like he thinks I should cancel too. I really need some positive thoughts to calm my nerves.

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You scheduled yourself for a colonoscopy for a good reason and you MUST go through with it. The odds of puncturing the colon during routine colonoscopies are very very very small. Obviously you know that it does happen since it happened to your neighbor. However, you can't live your life in fear of that happening to you. Think of all the colonoscopies that are done every day and this occurrence is only like 1-2%. Let's face it, you run a greater risk of getting in an automobile accident or burning yourself on the stove than having a perforation during a colonoscopy. I don't know why you are having a colonoscopy - problems or routine, but either way, please go and have it done. Take it from someone who has had rectal cancer, you do NOT want to hear those three words "you have cancer". Many of us put off our scopes out of fear, anxiety, whatever and now wish we had done it years earlier. It's a simple procedure (granted the prep isn't a whole lot of fun!) that is done thousands and thousands of times every day in centers all over the world and is considered a safe procedure. Please don't cancel it. If you do, you may later regret it and you can't go back and undo your decision.

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Thanks for the reply. I have had a small amt of blood in my stool a half dozen times or so in the last year, along with IBS symptoms. My doctor was debating whether she thought I needed a colonoscopy or not. She said it was probably nothing, but she decided she'd rather be safe than sorry and told me to get one. I am 43 years old.

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Re: Perforated Colon During Colonoscopy??? About ready to cancel...

I agree with Jaynee....the percentage of persons having this bad experience with a colonoscopy is very, very small. I know so many people who have had a colonoscopy, or more than one (my husband has had four) and no-one I know had a bad experience at all. It is so unfortunate that your neighbour had this happen and especially just before you are scheduled to have yours, but please go ahead. As Jaynee said, the news that you have colon or rectal cancer is devastating.

Let us know how it goes.


Old 06-25-2008, 01:59 PM   #5
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Please make sure you have the colonoscopy. I spent all of 2007 having chemo and radiation for colon cancer. I had a resection and a temporary ileostomy. I am well now, Just had a colonoscopy last week and everything looks good. Most people have no problems after the colonoscopy and usually either no polyps are found or their not cancerous. I know it's hard not to worry but please have this done. May God give you strength.

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Re: Perforated Colon During Colonoscopy??? About ready to cancel...

My GI doctor told me today he has performed over 30,000 colonoscopies in his 30+ year career, and has had "9" colon perforations. THAT'S a pretty minute possibility. 9 out of 30,000+.

That slight possibility wouldn't worry me in the least! Get it done!

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