Skip to comments.Colonoscopies to be replaced by camera that comes in a PILL
Posted on 02/04/2014 9:12:48 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
There are few medical procedures feared more than a colonoscopy. But what if there was another way to screen patients for colon cancer that's much less intrusive?
Now there is: The PillCam, an ingestible camera that takes high-speed photographs as it works its way through the digestive system and helps doctors spot polyps and other early signs of colon cancer was just cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.
The device is designed for patients who have had trouble with the cringe-inducing colonoscopy procedure, which involves probing the large intestine with a tiny camera embedded in a four-foot long, flexible tube.
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Or, as Barney Frank would call it, "A Boring Thursday Evening".
I bet a person would still have to do prep, which is the hard part. I could see it being a less expensive and safer procedure, though. I assume they would have software to stitch all the pictures together.
So, now it will be, “open wide,” instead of, “Ooooooooooh, wee doggies.”
The colonoscopy is a “dreaded procedure?” My first one was a walk in the park last year. Very non-disruptive (just had to go to the bathroom a little more often during prep) and worked the entire day before, but it was painless and I got a free day off. What’s not to like?
Wonder how narrow a definition the writer is using for procedure? I'd much rather have a colonoscopy than brain surgery or hemorrhoidectomy for that matter.
you like? you can have mine!
And why is that? The procedure is a piece of cake; you're anesthetized. Yes, the prep is onerous.
This reminds me of an old “gay” joke:
Did you hear about the new “gay” website? Just type in C: [enter] (See colon enter)
Last year, many insurance companies were not covering the pill/camera method due to extreme costs. IIRC, they were in the vicinity of $6,000.
the worst thing about a colonoscopy is the prepping —otherwise not so bad. If they can have a pill that does the trick —go for it.
The doc removed one polyp which turned out to be benign.
I enjoy finding out good stuff like that.
oh Barney is still on the public’s mind lol
Those pill cameras have been in use in this country for awhile. This approval must apply to a specific new camera. -Tom
Really? You're asleep through most of it and they aren't cutting you open.
Worst part is the prep the night before.
I’ve had this procedure, and the prep is pretty much the same. And yes, that is the hard part. In addition, you have to wear a video receiver all day. However, this camera does allow the Docs to examine the small intestine.
“If you like your colonoscopy, you can keep your colonoscopy....”
True. However, with the current ‘long tube’ method, physicians can remove polyps as they find them.
With the pill method, they would have to go back if the camera reveals polyps.
I guess my doc will eventually get me to do it.
I’ve been planning to tell him I want the more modern, much less intrusive “imaging” procedure instead. Now we get this even-newer “pill” approach and it sounds good, too.
If only I can swallow the damned pill. I chew them all now... maybe if the doc wraps the pill in a slice of pizza?
I read an article about him on FR, just recently. Frank-Dodd -related, maybe?
That’s a relief. I have been stalling on the obligatory colonoscopy in the hope that the camera pill would be approved.
I’ve had 4. Best 4 hours of sleep I ever had.
Aftermath was unnoticeable after the first 2.
After then last 2, it took a week for the innards to quit aching.
Going to the hospital is dangerous from both germs and from getting knocked out.
I came to during the middle of mine; saw the video (kinda cool) and then a nurse started beating on me to get the probe to go around the corners.
Not me. I already told them at the clinic if God sends me cancer, I'm outta here anyway. They shut up about the colonoscopy, digital prostate exam, etc.
This isn’t very new. I saw the first ones appear about 20 years ago, maybe longer. The capsules have a lighted, broadcasting video camera that can display the trip through the bowels in real time so no need to strip together individual pictures. They were designed to do the same thing as the hose camera except there is no hose and the insertion point is on the other end. Hope they reduced the size a bit because the early prototypes were a bit more than horse pill size. Could be hard to swallow. I’m also pretty sure the patient will still have to purge before swallowing the camera.
I slept fully through all 4.
They sort of mentioned I could be awake for part, but never asked me if I wanted that.
I like the zonked out method and waking in the recovery room. They can show me the video or pix later.
“just had to go to the bathroom a little more often during prep) “
A little more? “More” like about living in the bathroom?
I know people who had this years ago. It’s kind of old news.
The staff in the recovery room was not impressed with my attempts at humor either.
I'm going to skip the rematch for quite a while.
A nurse told me we are awake during the colonoscopy you just don’t remember it when you wake from the “twilight sleep.” Apparently this is true for a number of procedures.
I have had several colonoscopies and other than the prep it is no worse than having your teeth cleaned. My last colonoscopy I didn’t even have to drink that gallon of colon flush...just two small bottles of magnesium citrate. The prep can be made even easier if you stick to a clear liquid diet 24 hours before starting the prep. I lost my Mother to colon cancer so I know the importance of having this exam done.
Having had a few colonoscopies I think it’s sad this article says it is such a “feared” procedure. It’s no big deal, as some here mentioned the “sleep” they induce is rather enjoyable. I have never been able to tell that any procedure was done when I wake up. (Ok except a slight amount of gas sometimes that’s it).
They took pictures and gave them to my wife after they were done. She announced to everyone there, “Look, Honey. We’ve got our Christmas cards for this year.”
digital rectal insertion doesn’t work anyway...
I am asking my doc for a more modern (imaging) approach
If you like your colonoscopy you can keep it. Period.
If God elects that I should suffer a terminal disease — I’m not going to fight it, I’m going to facilitate it.
well, I’d like to hang around awhile...
but I do NOT like the old-fashioned, out-dated firehouse-up-your-arse or finger-up-your-butt “diagnostic procedures”
they appear far too similar to O’s Chicago bathhouse, for my comfort
especially when there are more modern, unintrusive ways of getting far superior pictures or results anyway
we’re not living in the 7th Century, after all... we can take advantage of modern medical technology
I had one in 2012 with no anesthesia. I have a high pain tolerance so it didn’t really bother me.
My little sister just her her first one a year or so ago.She was telling me that she was a bit scared because of the pain she might experience.She thought they did it without anesthesia! And no,my sister *isn't* stupid....she's very intelligent,thank you very much!
Bump that damned doc...uh, office manager.
Every half hour or so for me. Guess I have super-control.
like drinking dishwater
A few years ago my dad had one to look for a small intestine problem which was too far away from either end to run in a scope. It might be a matter of powering it for long enough to get through the large intestines. It's tough to swallow a D cell battery to power it for 24 hours.
I’m having tears in my intestine sealed by laser during the procedure. Might as well run the tube and camera at the same time.
Probably from prostate radiation treatment.
How long does it take for that camera pill to go through the entire system? Do you have to fast during the whole time? Even if it takes 4 days? To ME, that sounds even worse than the regular procedure.
In My opion, the prep is the worst part of the procedure. But, that could be because I’m ‘’full of it’’ lol!
I too like the idea that if they do find something that needs to be dealt with, they do it immediately. The pill way, people could get scared and decide to ignore the findings which would be more detrimental to their health.
Here is a tip for those who must have this procedure done. When you get to the part where you have to drink the gallon of stuff as fast as you can, park the gallon by the toilet with long tubing, and just sit there and drink. It will save you a lot of running since the stuff runs out as soon as you take it in.
The faster you consume it, the faster and better it cleans you out, and the less likely you’ll have to repeat the cleansing because you didn’t get it all out the first time.
I found the cleansing part, horrid. There CAN be other complications from the procedure itself, but I can’t see how the pill would be any easier. I supposed if you can’t take the pre-op meds, then the pill could be helpful, but if they find something, then you have to deal with the pre-op meds anyway.
After everything is done, you have no memory of the procedure, at all, and coming out from the meds isn’t that bad at all. It’s much easier than the anesthesia you get for surgery.
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