Re: I Need to Know???(question)

From: Jean (
Fri Feb 23 14:06:45 2001

At Fri, 23 Feb 2001, Colette wrote: >
>next week when i go to the dr's the girl on the phone told me to do an
>enema 2 hrs before hand. Because he might want to take a look! Now what
>is he using and does it hurt? I feel like such a baby asking because i'v
>had three kids and numurous surgeries but i'm tired of hurting. Does it
>take very long to do this procedure? She also said something that he
>might do a barium enema i tried one of those years ago it hurt so much i
>could'nt go through with it. I guess he'll just have to do a
> thanks colette

Colette, It sounds to me like he will most likely do a Sigmoidoscopy. I have never gone to a Gastroenterologist who didn't do this procedure on my first visit. I had it done "many" times. A tube is inserted into the lower 10" of your bowel to visualize the inside of your rectum and lower bowel and is done in a doctor's office. It doesn't take long, about 15 minutes. Some people have a little discomfort, some allot of discomfort, everyone is different.

A Colonoscopy is performed in the hospital with some sedation on an out-patient basis (usually)and inspects a much larger portion of bowel. It takes longer than a Sigmoidoscopy.

Here are 3 Web-sites with detailed information on each procedure and also a support group with people who had it done.

JEAN (from PA)

Jean (from PA)

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