There was briefly some discussion of this the other day. Since I just underwent this procedure YESTERDAY, thought I would put some info out there for my fellow "well seasoned" folks- ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD THIS DONE. First, if you are not close to 50, don't have a family history of colon cancer, don't have symptoms that would prompt your Doc to order this test, you can stop reading- unless you are just bored or snoopy. Polyps (growths on the walls of the bowels) seem to take about 15 yrs to become cancerous, and folks under 50 are generally at low risk. However, if, like me, you are the shady side of 50 (REAL shady!)- your Doc may be telling you to have this done. My Doc is a lady- former Air Force Doc. Used to dealing with contrary pilots. After my last physical, she checked my chart, asked when I had had my last 'scoping. Me? Never! After a bit of Yes ma'am, no ma'am, thank you ma'am, please don't beat me no more ma'am, I agreed that it would be a good idea when I got the time, and she told me if the test was clear, would not need another for 10 years. AND THEN THAT HORRID WOMAN DID THE ULTIMATE DIRTY DEED! She contacted the Gastroenterologist, and told HIM I needed a 'scoping! Ah well- I am a man of my word- pick a date, carry thru. So- what should you expect? First, the prep is not pleasant, but not horrible. The procedure is a non event. Risk of problems from the exam is very low (0.3%). IF they should find polyps during the exam, they are removed using tools on the scope (either laser or hot wire). Recovery time? 25 minutes. Best part- my medical insurance is a high deductible- BUT- when performed as a preventive measure- no deductible- they whole cost is covered. Your mileage may vary. Now to the gory details- first the prep, then the procedure. This was mine, yours may differ, but this is pretty standard. Your bowel needs to be empty. Day before the procedure, no food, only clear liquids. That includes back coffee, tea, beef, chicken or vegetable broth. Water, soda- nothing with red dye. You can have yellow jello. No booze. To keep from getting dehydrated, you will drink. A LOT. 2 quarts of Gatorade, and FOUR quarts of apple juice during that day and evening. Late in the day, 2 tablets of laxative, followed in a couple of hours with multiple doses of a laxative powder, mixed with apple juice or Gatorade. Instructions said stay near a toilet, Should have said stay IN the toilet. If you have been to Mexico, and drank the water, and ate from the local tacqueria, you know what is about to happen. Go with the flow. Take a couple of good books along, a can of air freshener (and some Gatorade) IMPORTANT NOTE: BABY WIPES. Store them in the fridge, take along when you go to the potty. You will need them, you can thank me later. Plan on being occupied for the evening. Day of: Clear liquids up until 2 hours before procedure. Procedure: You are going to sleep thru most of this. Undress, gown, lay down. They will start an IV with normal saline. Usually set you up with a little oxygen. Roll onto your left side. Say hello to the nice Nurse Anesthetist. You are about to meet Propfol, which is so damned good folks ask for some to take home. Injected into your IV, you have about 4 seconds to stay awake, and say goodnight, Gracie. Really. In about 30 minutes, you will wake up in recovery. It's over, and you missed it. No hangover, no headache- but they DO want someone to drive you home, and stay away from driving bulldozers, airplanes and signing up for the Foreign Legion for 12 hours. Next day? No problems. Little gas (yes, they do inflate the bowel with air to smooth out wrinkles). But no problems- and I do not do this for another 10 years. BTW- if you wonder- the scope is about as big around as your little finger, yes, they take pictures, and it goes all the way to your appendix. If you have never had this- the prep is not pleasant, but far from the worst time I've ever had in the john. Procedure- no pain during, no discomfort after. Really- a non event. And it could save your life.