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preparation failure for multiple colonoscopies

Posted by @azcyclist2018, Mon, May 21 10:36am

I had two failed preps for follow-up colonoscopies, as part of on going follow-up for colorectal cancer (resection removed tumor, and now involved in extended follow-up). Followed the prep directions to the letter (PEG and one other); both failed and there was initial blame on me for not following directions. Believe me, since I did have a very large, malignant tumor removed, the LAST thing I would do is compromise the bowel prep process. Am set to have my 3rd colonoscopy in 24 hours, and am worried if this one also fails, what options are there for screening?
I am 67 yo, 165lbs, 5'11"; ride a bicycle at 120-150 miles per week at about 16-18 mph. I eat very healthy; was treated for GERD that eventually resulted in a subtotal gastrectomy with roun-y (?spelling?)–ie, stomach has been removed except for a small pouch about the size of a tangerine. What options are available to continue my follow up if this upcoming colonoscopy also fails?
Thank you.

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@azcyclist2018 I see you are new member of Connect! Welcome.
Can I ask which prep brand or formula you been prescribed? Is the issue throwing it up?
I agree the prep for a colonoscopy is awful . I feel for you. I had colon cancer as well, and have had my fair share of colonoscopies. I have so far been doing ok with the gallon of horrible liquid to drink. I generally wash it down with coconut milk.
Once a Dr had given me Prepopik that was easier to drink than the Gallon Jug. Is that prep a possibly? You may want to ask your Dr. if you can try that brand?
Please let us know how you manage.
Best of luck..
Jackie

I'd also like to bring @robbinr into this discussion. A while back Robin also wrote about "failing" a colonoscopy:
– I recently failed two preps for a colonoscopy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-recently-failed-two-preps-for-a-colonoscopy-and-i-cant-imagine/

You may wish to read that discussion thread, @azcyclist2018. How is the prep going?

@colleenyoung

I'd also like to bring @robbinr into this discussion. A while back Robin also wrote about "failing" a colonoscopy:
– I recently failed two preps for a colonoscopy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-recently-failed-two-preps-for-a-colonoscopy-and-i-cant-imagine/

You may wish to read that discussion thread, @azcyclist2018. How is the prep going?

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I did post a reply but do not see it….?? Am leaving shortly for my 3rd procedure today, so will update the update upon my return home.
Thanks!

@colleenyoung

I'd also like to bring @robbinr into this discussion. A while back Robin also wrote about "failing" a colonoscopy:
– I recently failed two preps for a colonoscopy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-recently-failed-two-preps-for-a-colonoscopy-and-i-cant-imagine/

You may wish to read that discussion thread, @azcyclist2018. How is the prep going?

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@azcyclist2018 if you click VIEW & REPLY at the bottom of the email, you will be able to see the whole discussion and your messages. Hope all went well today.

@colleenyoung

I'd also like to bring @robbinr into this discussion. A while back Robin also wrote about "failing" a colonoscopy:
– I recently failed two preps for a colonoscopy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-recently-failed-two-preps-for-a-colonoscopy-and-i-cant-imagine/

You may wish to read that discussion thread, @azcyclist2018. How is the prep going?

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Tuesday 5.22.18; 2:47 PM Procedure went as well as could be expected. the prep was listed as "fair"; had not completely emptied. However did find another polyp and removed it. Will see if any pathology comes back.
Finally the GI do allowed that since I had a gastrectomy with roun-y (spelling?) and resection of a significant portion of the colon, preps will be complicated.–I will know for next time.
Someone asked if the prep was compromised due to nausea from drinking the "kool-aid"– no, drank it all! Guess mine will be a plumbing issue from now on, but at least I will know in advance for next time. Thank for the comments!
bill

@azcyclist2018 Glad to hear they were able to do the procedure. Maybe next time you will have better luck with the prep? When are scheduled for your next colonoscopy? I had a resection 2 1/2 yrs ago. I go every 3 years now. Thank God.. I do not like having to get this done. My stomach is always a mess afterwards. Takes a few months to get back to normal.
Will pray your Path report comes back good.
Wish you the Best..
Jackie

@travelgirl

@azcyclist2018 Glad to hear they were able to do the procedure. Maybe next time you will have better luck with the prep? When are scheduled for your next colonoscopy? I had a resection 2 1/2 yrs ago. I go every 3 years now. Thank God.. I do not like having to get this done. My stomach is always a mess afterwards. Takes a few months to get back to normal.
Will pray your Path report comes back good.
Wish you the Best..
Jackie

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Next colo set for 3 years; however will work with primary care with more questions: if the polyp was 6mm after one year (my last full colo was clean!), in 3 years that could be 18mm or almost 3/4 "–if my math metrics are right- not sure that 3 years is in my plan but will see what the primary says.
thank for your kind words; best to you.
bill

Ask for a virtual colonoscopy. My mom had it. that many in 24 hours has to deplete your body of sooo much! My Mom went through x-ray, MRI, and finally had to do the virtual colonoscopy to really get a good read on it.

Sue, I'm glad you mention virtual colonoscopy as an option.

For anyone interested here's further information:
– Virtual colonoscopy https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/virtual-colonoscopy/about/pac-20385156
– Advantages and disadvantages https://www.mountsinai.on.ca/care/virtual-colonoscopy/advantages-and-disadvantages

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