Does the surgery or radiation cause any complications for a colonoscopy?
[oops, sorry, didn't read close enough -- cannot say about
radiation after surgery -- below only applies to surgery only -- but Cologuard may still be an option for someone in this boat...]
From my experience, n=1, probably not. My RALP was April 2012. Had my normal 5 yr colonoscopy that November. Just let the colonoscopy doc (a very experienced one) know ahead of time, and reminded him just before going under. No problems. Had another one 2017, no issues.
In case there is any question for anyone, perhaps the non-invasive dna-based Cologuard might be an option to use in the year or so after RALP, to allow good healing. It advertises it catches 92% of colon cancers and 42% precancerous tissues. Covered by Medicare and most insurances. Seems the main problem is if it does find something, you still have to have a physical procedure to handle it. So there's that.
Please enjoy the stuff they give you to drink the night before. The script
may give you several flavor options. I always preferred the pineapple flavor, but it is hard to find now (sniff...). I know the flavor is a personal choice and others may prefer some other flavor, and I'm ok with that. Let's not argue.
Jan '08-'11 PSAs 2.2 2.5 2.7 2.6, DREs-
Jan '12: PSA 3.6, DRE+
Jan '12: MRI inconclusive
Feb '12: PCaDx pT2a, 4/12+ (3 @ 3+3, 1 @ 4+3); 3% tot cores; bone scan-
Apr '12: RALP; 3+4=7; pT2c pN0 pMx; 30%; 3mm r lat margin of 3+3=6 so pT2+; EPE-; PNI+; 8 LN-; SV-
TRT 03/'14- uPSAs: <.015 til 02/17; mostly .020-.030 then .048 on 12/1/18; off TRT since 12/2018 and uPSA settling in mid .030s
Post Edited (Bobbiesan) : 6/7/2019 11:20:08 AM (GMT-6)