No bad jokes. I’m serious.
I’ve reached the wonderful age at which I’m supposed to have this test as part of my general health care. I had one 10 or so years ago, so I know what I’m in for. The best thing to be said is that the drugs gave me a deeply restful nap.
The first time, I went wherever my doctor told me to go. This time, I have a couple of references from my doctor, but I’m going to ask some more questions before I decide whom will perform the delicate procedure.
I’ve talked to a few docs and looked at some websites. Here’s my list of questions. Is there anything I should add?
1) About the prep – what will give me the best cleaning out with the least discomfort? There’s no point in going through all this if the doc can’t see what s/he is doing.
2) What’s the doctor’s detection rate? One medical society (the American Society for Gastrointestinal
Borrowed from Asian Scientist where study found that 30% of colonoscopy patients had polyps.
Endoscopy) says a doctor should find a polyp in 25% of men and 15% of women (why the difference?), but I know that some physician groups around Boston say the average is 40-50% among docs who really look for polyps.
3) How much time does the doctor spend, on average, on the test? I think more is better, is that right?
4) Does the doctor always get to the end of the colon? OK, I may not be able to ask this. Read the rest of this entry →