Posted 8/4/2015 2:40 PM (GMT -6)
I had a single colonoscopy in 2009 which led to my diagnosis.
I didn't like my GI doctor and decided to explore diet-related solutions on my own, so I haven't had another colonoscopy since.
Because I'm having trouble containing my current flare (symptoms are some mucus and a bit of blood, but no pain, urgency or D) I plan to go and see a new doctor later this month and would like to schedule another colonoscopy to assess how things have evolved -- I worry the inflammation had gained ground since it's harder to control my symptoms now than it's been in the past.
My question is: when you're under the regular care of a GI doctor, how often do you have to take a colonoscopy, and what circumstances lead him/her to do a new one? Do you take a yearly one, say, to detect early signs of cancer or a change in the inflammation patterns? Just wondering what I can look forward to if I start being followed properly. :)
Also, are you always fully anesthetized, our can they do it with partial or no anesthesia?