I finally got that colonoscopy that I started shopping for almost a year ago. I’m really good at proscrastinating when fasting and voluntary diarrhea is involved.
I had a good experience in the end. I probably spent more than I should have, but…
1) I wanted to go someplace close to home. You’re not supposed to drive after this procedure and I didn’t want to drag a designated driver too far out of the way.
2) So I compared a doctor recommended by my PCP, who is at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with a team of docs at Faulkner Hospital. Yes, the Faulkner is owned by Partners, but rates I’ve seen for the Faulkner are more in the community hospital range. I’m pretty sure BIDMC would be more expensive, but I don’t have the exact charges
The problem was, I couldn’t get any quality info from the Faulkner. I called four times and spoke to someone twice. They said they couldn’t answer my questions about: polyp detection rates, complication rates, withdrawl time and how often the doctor reaches the beginning of the colon (the cecum).
So I went to BIDMC, which had offered quality info earlier this year and where I had a frank conversation with my doctor (although not until just before the procedure).
I came away with an interesting, gross to some of you, set of slides of my doc’s work. Dr. Chuttani always, apparently, gets to the cecum and takes a picture. You can click to the next page to see mine (I don’t want to force it on you). Did you doctor show you results of the procedure?
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