A colonoscopy is the best procedure for protection against colon cancer, a much bigger threat than most of us know. You need that test. But there are risks, discomforts, and sometimes excruciating pain. Here’s my plan, one I’d recommend to anyone:
1. Get a virtual colonoscopy. It’s more a CT scan… less invasive, and less risk. My primary care physician says that eventually, they’ll be very popular, but for now most insurance companies won’t pay for them. It’s worth the money. You shouldn’t be paying someone to hurt you.
And lobby your insurance company now to pay for virtual colonoscopies.
2. If the virtual colonoscopy shows polyps or something needing attention, get that done. It probably means a traditional colonoscopy. Insist on an anesthesiologist and Propofol. Insist. It’s your right.
Less than one-third of the virtual colonoscopies can be expected to require a follow up procedure.