History with colonoscopy

From: Merri Ellen (meg132@twcny.rr.com)
Sat Oct 23 10:35:10 1999

I am reposting this info because I don't think I did it correctly last time!

This is the same GI colorectal surgeon from 11 years ago. After the test was completed and they had FINALLY convinced themselves that I did not have a colon disease...they discovered that the problem was my gallbladder. Even after I repeatedly voiced my concerns about approaching this as a simple gall/surgery they did not listen. I got the "Miss, do you know how many of these surgeries I do in a week?" "It will be a snap...now you just relax!"

Well.......it was not a snap. I was bleeding internally from bowel perforation. I was told that the adhesions had done this damage but I firmly believe that the colonoscopy may have jolted this damage into high gear. I had been experiencing symptoms of shock for several days prior to the surgery. Cold, sweaty, grey/hazy feeling. Very similar to the symptoms of my ectopic pregancy when the tube was bursting. My bowel was nicked by the gallb. surgeon and another surgeon had to be called in to do the resection. Before they could even get to the gallbladder all these adhesions had to be dealt with. Hours later the surgeons addressed my parents about what had happened and how long it took. If I had felt better upon wake up time I probably would have done the "I told you so dance". But I just didn't have the strength.

So...can you understand my fear this time? The GI doctor is actually a very compassionate and skilled man. I just don't want to end up bleeding internally, rushing to an ER, to be worked on by a surgeon whose adhesion knowledge is limited to being able to spell the word!

If anyone has had a bowel resection I would appreciate your sharing your history/complications and hope...

Merri Ellen

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