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Why can't gastroenterologists come up with a test that requires less prep than the colonoscopy? It's backward?

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Why can't gastroenterologists come up with a test that requires less prep than the colonoscopy? It's backward?

Postby attewater » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:43 pm

The prep for a colonoscopy is egregious. Why can't doctors come up with a blood test similar to the PSA for colon cancer? There has to be a better way than to have to go through a prep where you literally have a 24 hour waterfall coming out of you right until the very second you finally are given the colonoscopy itself. Even the virtual colonoscopy requires the waterfall prep. Why haven't they been able to perfect the pill camera that you swallow that does the colonoscopy without any prep needed by taking pictures in your large intestine? It's criminal that they've made the 24 hour colon regurgitation the only way to do this procedure. It's a method that's at least 60 years old and has never been refined. It's a disgrace beyond belief and unbelievably degrading.
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Why can't gastroenterologists come up with a test that requires less prep than the colonoscopy? It's backward?

Postby livingston » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:47 pm

Have you ever met someone suffering from terminal colon cancer? The colonoscopy prep looks like a walk in the park by comparison.
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Why can't gastroenterologists come up with a test that requires less prep than the colonoscopy? It's backward?

Postby salem97 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:48 pm

They have better tests but are keeping them secret because colonoscopies are big money to the doctors. (sarcasm!!! but I am sure all the conspiracy people will believe it true)
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Why can't gastroenterologists come up with a test that requires less prep than the colonoscopy? It's backward?

Postby paegastun » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:50 pm

A PSA does not diagnose cancer that requires a biopsy which is no fun either. The reason for the prep is so the doctor can actually see the colon swallowing a camera pill would also require prep otherwise you would have useless pictures. Then if something was found you would need a colonoscopy so that it could be removed. Most people need a colonoscopy every 5 years starting at 50 years old. Consider what women go through starting at 18 and only gets worse with age. Sorry it just doesn’t compare.
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