a colonoscopy simulator has been invented

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   Posted 6/8/2008 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   

And before you laugh, remember: it means doctors will practise this procedure on a computer rather than on a real, live patient. Without this simulator, doctors will need to practise on 300 - 1000 patients before they reach expert level.

So... I think this may be good news!!!

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   Posted 6/8/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I like that news... No more being a guinea pig... oh wait we still are for somethings? lol Well One step closer eh?
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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, great , but does this mean there is now a simulated B-hole ?? Why ? I mean , there is no shortage of real B-holes out there. I know because I have worked for most of them. I'll bet you know a few too. All they need do is have a B-hole round up.
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   Posted 6/10/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting...
too bad the doctors can't practice on people we hate... I have an ex boss I would think is a good candidate :)


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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, Karen!!
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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, my gastro said in "gastro school" they often practiced on each other! And when I kept refusing a colonoscopy and an upper endoscopy unless she did it w/o sedation and finally provided her w/that article I've published the link to several times here regarding pain during colonoscopy she actually underwent both scopes herself w/o sedation. She admitted to me that as I said the upper endoscopy was tougher w/o sedation than the colonoscopy becuase of the gagging.

BUT it takes more TIME for the gastro to do a colonoscopy w/o sedation, TIME they don't want to take.
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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually it takes no more time to do a scope without sedation than with, unless the patient it resistant. I have had a half-dozen colonoscopies done without sedation and the discomfort is minimal (I realize that is not true for folks with more active disease or for women, whose internal plumbing is more complex.) My GI has told me abuot one in 100 patients opt for the no-sedation route and do well, and that he himself has his screening colonoscopies done without sedation. There have actually been some studies done (this may eb the article CrohnieToo is referring to) showing that most patients who experience a colonoscopy without sedation would opt to do it again and rated the discomfort as mild to moderate. I agree that the upper endoscopy is different; I'd choose sedation for that, as the gag reflex is very uncomfortable. I nkow every time I post something like this here it draws a series of "no way!" posts, but a colonoscopy on a relatively normal GI system is really not a terribly uncomfortable procedure. My last one was just before Christmas and the nurses were tossing pieces of holiday candy to me while we watched the screen and joked.
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