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April 05, 2009


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Next time you might try Silverton. Dr. Waters did a good job with my colonoscopy. And the Silverton Hospital is closer and easier to get to than Portland.

Congratualtions on your clean bill of health. Based on your blog, I always assumed you were full of shit. I guess I was wrong.

Good Sam in Corvallis would be a good choice, too. Very nice facility with *wonderful* staff, and a pretty drive from Salem, taboot. I'm glad it went well for you.

I stumbled upon this because I'm about to have my second colonoscopy. When I had my first, five years ago, I was a meat-eater, and the prep process was AWFUL. This time, I'm a vegetarian, and it's...well, not exactly delightful, but one heck of a lot easier. That article you linked to gave some great explanation as to why.

Interestingly, about half the places you'll stumble upon say one must avoid cranberry juice during prep; the other half specifically *recommend* cranberry juice. Upon research, it seems that cranberry juice is fine; the problem is that a lot of cranberry juice has red dye in it, which is a problem.

Oh heck yes, Nikki. You should try being a raw foods vegan prior to a colonoscopy sometime. ;) You wouldn't even believe how much of a difference it is, lol.

I am pretty sure Gastroenterology Specialists of Oregon has offices in Tualatin, Oregon City and Newberg.

Michael, they do. I went to the Tualatin clinic, being closest to Salem.

I happen to know that the clinic in Salem you are referring is a great place to have your procedure. The staff is great and the physicians are great. What a shame you feel the need to slander them with half truths. Its people like you that put a bad taste in my mouth. Next time get the facts right before giving wrong information on the internet

Pooper Scooper, what half truths? I simply told about my experience with Salem Gastroenterology Associates. Apparently you've had a different experience.

I didn't put out any false facts. What I said was the truth. Point to any wrong information that I gave before you engage in blanket criticism of my post.

People should shop around for the best colonoscopy provider. If you don't feel comfortable with how a clinic or doctor is treating you, as a patient and a person, this is a sign that you should look elsewhere for treatment.

We're all individuals. A clinic/doctor who appeals to one person might be distasteful to someone else. It's nice that you found the clinic to be a great place. I had a different experience. That's the way life is: full of differences.

Dr. Kao handled mine a couple years ago and I don't remember any problems with the prep. Sunday was somewhat uncomfortable with just the liquid diet and the meds to help "flush", but otherwise, no problems. The best part was on Monday, after waking up, my husband drove me home and I took a nice long nap in the afternoon and then slept all night. For someone who hadn't had a good nights sleep for over two years. I was in heaven.


Kourtney, YOU DON"T NEED TO USE ALL CAPS, because the truth isn't affected by "yelling." No, I don't work for any clinic. I don't work at all, in fact, being pleasantly retired. But thanks for the conspiracy theory.

When you have concerns about anything that has to do with your colonoscopy, including the prep, the GI physician has a duty to answer your concerns BEFORE the exam. If you don't get satisfaction from the office staff, ask the physician to call you personally and if they don't, cancel and go elsewhere. I don't do sedation and scheduling my exam wasn't easy without any but the best GI doc in town personally answered all of my questions and agreed to do an unsedated exam (hard for her but not painful). She even called me at home on the day before the exam to reassure me that it wouldn't be too painful and that I coud get fentanyl (painkiller) if I wanted it...This doc treated me like a king, not a piece of meat. When I thanked her for her kindness, she told me: "that's my job and we need to do whatever it takes to get you screened and to make it as tolerable as possible because we want you to be willing to undergo repeat exams as needed". The exam was easy and I'm having another (unsedated) next year (precancerous polyps).

I stumbled upon this blog looking for another GI office besides Salem. I dealt with them today and found everyone I talked to in that office to be rude, holier than thou people. I wouldn't send a stray dog to them for anything.

This is a really good blog about preparing for a colonoscopy and selecting the right doctor. It is a dreaded experience -- fear of fasting and fear of aesthesia all in one. I am scheduled for one here in South Florida and was hoping to be able to drink Ensure, but looks like not. I for one appreciate your information. Doctors are not the almighty. I want to be able to ask as many questions as I want to and get answers that are not condescending.

My finance is going to go through the prep this weekend. I came upon your article and read it to try and provide him with a non negative prep experience. My question for the day before the prep or 2 days before the procedure is about allowing chicken noodle soup but without vegetables. His instructions from the Harbin Clinic allow well cooked tender vegetables including carrots, celery and green beans, so why the chicken noodle soup minus the veggies?
My e-mail is kiatapps@yahoo.com. If you could respond on this by Saturday, 12-17-2011, I would be grateful. Thank you. Sincerely, Karen L. Freeman.

Hello. I'm glad I fell upon this information.The reason is I have nothing but
trouble with Salem Gsatro. I told them I had a cloting factor. Well, as soon I the Cholo. was off and then the nures called and they where going to the Endo scope Instead, I'm a vegetarian and in Dec. Of last year, I stared getting week and and very tired. I got this Dr., who stated she would take me. I was in there for a vistit. I have Thyroid problem. I was natural Thyroid hormone and The Dr stronghly that armour was not good to because had pocine in that it would cause all kind for me. She did ask any guestions about how I was feeling. well I decided I would go to a specialist and that did not well. I was labeled.March comes and my Physical,cont.

Hello continue from the other post. The Dr. me point blank, I did not have any Iron in my blood, know, If I did not have Iron in my body, I would be dead or in the hospital. she is I believe is a good Dr. so refered me to Salem Gastro. and thats where more started. I would accept the Endoscope. you see have been bledding inside some where. So they sent me to a blood Dr. and cancer Dr. she ran test. and still haven"t any thing done. so Friday I nee to find another Dr. Because, I do not want to die.

all i can say is "they suck" although the doctor seemed ok ....his staff is really a buch of bitchy nasty people. there is no professionlism. my insurance requires i go here . I have barretts syndrome ...pre cancerous. when i called insurance i got very good news . When i called back to ask how much ...they required a deposit and she stated we will set you up with payments ...how about a bill first ...also there using demerol...not good ...this has beem black boxed by fda and salem hospital cont

continues ....so there using demerol which salem hospital black boxed themselves 2 years ago .and here they are using it ..black box ...its not ok to use ...when i asked for other things ..i was told to go to portland ...they refuse to learn new ways ...they are a monoply in salem ..i have decided that i am going to take my chances without endoscopy that risk it with these unethical ,ignorant ,out of touch people ...ps they fought my insurance company company contrac 3 months and took 4 months to get referral done by THEM

Very helpful information and a good point about finding physicians who treat you like a person. I had the same experience this evening when I asked my health care providers if I could take 1 liter, instead of 2, of the saline laxative because I'm a small vegetarian female. Of course they said "no... Just because its protocol".

Thanks for sharing your experience. We need to get better at advocating for our best and personalized care and not be treated by general guidelines :)

I've run into their attitude as well. Dr. Em typically comes to our scheduled appointments 45 min-1 hour late. This started after I asked him if we could try actual tests before going down the path of ANOTHER endoscopy regiment.
They have a policy of no second opinions, and you only allowed to change doctors once. Their attitude lacks any empathy with the individuals they service and what they may be suffering.

I had a colonoscopy w/ salem gastro. .also very unsatisfied w/ answers and lack of thoroughness. After finding 27!! Polyps at 45 years old dr em found no reason to take a biopsy! What the heck?

so I hear they can discover colon cancer in blood tests now. Why do dr send you for these? Prob for the same reason hmo's decide which services are ok.... $. And yes Salem does need another place for these procedures. Cause SGO needs to revisit there office staff and their ephemera, since they don't really have an answering service just a message machine. Saving money on the patient side for the benefit of the corporate side.

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