Re: January 2013 TTC
posted at 2/1/2013 1:39 PM EST
WPP...I had both a colonoscopy and endoscopy at age 25. I had lost about 25 lbs without trying (and I'm quite petite to begin with, so I was at a scary weight) and was having all sorts of stomach issues. To be safe, they wanted to make sure I didn't have an underlying disease or ulcer etc.
So, though the "prep" isn't all that fun for the colonoscopy (it's really just kind of gross though I would go so far as to say you feel like a million bucks once it's all "over and out"), the recovery was a walk in the park (tips: just eat and stay hydrated afterwards). Yes, I was wheeled out (protocol) and was driven home, but I was up for the remainder of the day, made myself lunch and even was able to do some work from home. By that evening it was like nothing happened. I'd even go so far to say the endoscopy recovery was slightly worse (maybe more anesthesia?) but neither is particularly bad especially if you hydrate afterwards to get the anesthesia out.
Turns out, I'm lactose intolerant (ha..thanks doctor for performing those fun tests - as that test I think is similar to a GD test) but it was nice to know I didn't have any of the major issues they look for with a colonoscopy like Crohn's disease, Celiac disease, diverticulitis, etc, especially since some of those run in my family.
So IMO, it's nothing to be worried about at all. Also, I do not think it's considered a surgery as they are really only taking a peek in there, maybe a tiny sample similar to a pap, and if there are polyps they may remove those, but that's really it. I actually think it's considered a diagnostic procedure with general anesthesia in medical terms.
Hope that was somewhat helpful!