Have You Had a Colonoscopy?
Many people are nervous about undergoing a colonoscopy -- will it hurt? is the preparation as bad as it sounds? -- and may delay a potentially life-saving screening. Hear from other UW Health patients who have experienced the screenings to learn what it's really like.
Read patient testimonials to learn about how optical colonoscopies helped save lives.
Eileen had put off undergoing a routine colonoscopy until her early 60's. When she finally did, doctors discovered cancer. Yet, she's fortunate that it was still early enough to be treated. In her words, "I feel like I dodged a bullet." Read more
One UW Health patient overcomes her reluctance to undergo a colonoscopy and discovers that it exceeded her expectations. Read more
Beverly and Jackie are two patients who received virtual colonoscopies at UW Health. Read their stories to learn more about their experiences with this less invasive procedure.
When Beverly Holmen went in for her routine colonoscopy, she never dreamed it would turn into a trip to the Midwest. But now, the 71-year old is very grateful it did.
"I knew my routine colonoscopy would involve some difficulty, since I have irritable bowel syndrome and twists in my large intestine," states Holmen. "And my suspicions were confirmed when my general practitioner - and then a gastroenterologist - were both unable to perform conventional colonoscopies because of it." Read more
"My virtual colonoscopy was very non-invasive, very comfortable and very quickly performed. I can't say enough about it," says Jackie, who underwent virtual colonoscopy at UW Hospital and Clinics in 2006. Read more