I am a 64 year old male who recently had my first colonoscopy. Afterwards I was introduced to a surgeon who seemed to believe I should have my large intestine removed and my small intestine connected to my colon. I have read a number of the posts here, and feel somewhat better than originally about the possible surgery.
However, the letter I got from the Dr who did the colonoscopy said (in part), "Your recent colon biopsy showed benign adenomatous polyp. This is not cancer but a marker for a tendency to develop cancer. Follow up colonoscopies will prevent most colon cancers."
This doctor doesn't seem to indicate any urgency at all. But he introduced me to the surgeon, who seems to think we ought to do this as soon as reasonably possible.
I have had no surgery at all during my life besides some minor when I was a young teenager (amputation - nothing to do with internal issues). I wonder if there is any real reason to submit my body to this kind of trauma yet (knowing that it may become necessary at some point). I am not particularly afraid of the surgery nor the results, after reading here - but only if this surgery is really necessary.
I have an appointment with MY doctor (the one who referred for the colonoscopy) in a couple of weeks, and am trying to get my head (and various questions) properly arranged so that I (we) can make an informed, intelligent decision.
Any input will be greatly appreciated.