This is about
changing procedures to surgery removing cancerous tumours in the colon, but there were a couple points I found interesting:
20,000 Canadians undergo colorectal surgery each year. They face the highest rate of complications, 27 per cent, of all general surgery patients".
2. The change to the procedure, which apparently reduces the number of post-op complications, seems to be "to skip the previously mandatory bowel cleanse and fasting before the operation. Post-surgery, food and drink are no longer withheld until they pass gas. Instead, patients are fed a carb-rich beverage for up to 2 1/2 hours before the surgery. In order to kick-start the gut, they're instructed to chew gum as soon as they're awake".
I wonder if any of this could eventually lead to changes to colonoscopy prep? I'd much rather drink a carb-rich drink instead of the godawful fast and cleanse!!
Here is the article, if I can link to it correctly... www.theprovince.com/health/Pilot+project+could+save+millions/8163384/story.html
Female, 46, Vancouver BC
Currently in remission