How my colonoscopy accelerated my desire to get my hip replaced!

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How my colonoscopy accelerated my desire to get my hip replaced!

If there is one thing I have learned from my friends Dr. Thomas Weber of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and David Dubin from Alive and Kickn is that Colon Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable! Given that over 140,000 people get diagnosed with colon cancer each year and over 50,000 lives are lost each year to colon cancer, my age, and the fact that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, I decided to get a colonoscopy last week! When I scheduled the procedure with Dr. Bea, I was told by his team of healthcare professionals that the prep for this procedure would begin seven days prior to my colonoscopy by stopping all my vitamin supplements, and any prescription medications I was taking at the time. This meant that my multi-vitamin, fish oil, CoQ10, low dose aspirin, glucosamine and niacin would be put on hold. It also meant that my Meloxicam 7.5 MG once a day for the arthritis in my right hip would also be on hold until after my colonoscopy. When told this news, I thought how bad can this be – Easy Peasy right! The day before my colonoscopy, I would also have to endure the dreaded prep required to have an absolute “clean” colon for the procedure. This meant I got to enjoy a healthy dose of MoviPrep the evening before and the morning of my colonoscopy – Yummy! Now to tell you the truth, the days of drinking a gallon of white chalky drink are over and thanks to Salix Pharmaceuticals, the MoviPrep was a pleasant citrus tasting drink which delivered the same result – A Clean Colon! The day of my procedure, I showed up at the surgi-center ready to undergo the procedure without sedation so I could also watch the monitor and ask questions along the way. The prep and procedure was a walk in the park and anyone over the age of 50 (earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer) should absolutely have this done. Why not – Remember: Preventable, Treatable and Beatable! End result of my colonoscopy from Dr. Bea – Perfect Colon, see you in 10 years! Now you may be asking what does this have to do with my need for a hip replacement! Well during the week prior to my colonoscopy, I had to discontinue my Meloxicam which controlled the inflammation in my hip joint and significantly reducing the pain. Two days prior to my colonoscopy, I could hardly walk because of the hip pain. I was walking around the office like a 90 year old man with bad arthritis and immediately called my other physician Dr. Swan, an orthopedist. The day after my colonoscopy, I found myself in Dr. Swan’s office getting x-rays to see just what needed to be done. Diagnosis: Hip Replacement. In two weeks, I will be seeing Dr. Swan’s partner, Dr. Kayiaros (the surgeon) to go over my options and get this replacement scheduled. Just as there have been significant improvements in the MoviPrep, the same is true with hip replacements. My hope is that I can do a same day Surgi-Center operation where I arrive at the center in the morning and walk out (with the help of a walker of course) the same day! Isn’t the advancements in medical technology great? With any luck, we can video the replacement surgery and have it for educational purposes on healtheo360! I will keep you posted on my progress and report back after I see my surgeon Dr. Kayiaros.


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