twisted - I was only joking. They probably don't want to show people what a rectal/colonoscopy scope looks like. It's not so bad, picture a long garden hose type, with a device at the end to insert, with controls for the Gastro doc to either add water or air as he inserts the scope. The air again dries an area out instantly and he can view the colon wall for concerns. Looking for polyps and evidence of past or current bleeding. I only mention the water because I recall having a 1 hour and 15 min. rectal ultrasound, it was very similar to a sigmoidoscopy. They added air and water at various time to view my colon walls (this was prior to my cancer surgery).
As for what to expect when you get there, I can also answer these questions. You change into a gown, removing your underwear, obviously. They check your vitals, you are taken to the procedure room. You lie on one side, the nurses apply an oxygen sensor and a blood pressure cup. If a colonoscopy, you have already had an IV started. For a sigmoidoscopy you don't need an IV. Since you are not having sedation. You are told to breathe thru the sigmoid (I'm just going to shorten it, this is how we vets refer to this procedure). It lasts oh about 10 to 15 minutes. If that. Again, inserting the scope isn't painful. It just feels oh invasive. I had about 10 biopsies of my malignant tumor and none hurt. I just felt mild pressure each time they'd take another biopsy. This of course was the day before my whole life changed (cancer dix made the following afternoon).
If you keep searching, there's probably links for what a sigmoid scope looks like and also a colonoscopy scope looks like. We use the word scope around here. There's probably another medical term for it.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening