Pushing the Limits: GI Passes Colonoscope from Anus to Mouth

  • 8.2K

NEW YORK, NY – In a story illustrating the importance of persistence and perseverance, Dr. Matthew Bryan of Mount Sinai Hospital made history today by becoming the first gastroenterologist to successfully pass a standard colonoscope from a patient’s rectum all the way to his mouth.

colonoscopy colonoscopeWhen it comes to colonoscopy, gastroenterologists start at the rectum.  They then go through the descending, transverse, and ascending colons, before ending at the cecum.  Once they’ve reached that point, it’s time to call it a day.

Not Bryan.  Not today.

“I felt we were getting too complacent as a subspecialty just kind of hanging it up once we got to the cecum,” Bryan told Gomerblog, still riding high from this historic achievement.  “I wanted to push myself.  I also wanted to push that colonoscope.  And push it hard.  All the way ’til it came out the other side.”

With the help of extra sedation, strong wrists, and an extremely-forgiving patient, Bryan patiently advanced the colonoscope, passing through the rectum and large intestines as per usual but once he got to the cecum he kept going.  He pushed through the snake-like 20-feet of small intestines, then through the pylorus into the stomach, up through the gastroesophageal (GE) junction, up the esophagus, and out the oropharynx.

Bryan pointed the camera towards the rectum, to acknowledge the portal of entry and complete the circle.  The cheers in the endoscopy suite were deafening.

The patient, Ritzy Stevens, was excited to be a part of history – his entire intestinoscopy was normal, by the way – and the literal advancement of endoscopy.  He did have one suggestion, however.

“Maybe next time, go from mouth to anus?” he said.  “I think I have stool in my teeth, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s a little unpleasant.”

  • Dr. 99

    First there was Dr. 01, the first robot physician, created to withstand toxic levels of burnout in an increasingly mechanistic and impossibly demanding healthcare field. Dr. 99 builds upon the advances of its ninety-eight predecessors by phasing out all human emotion, innovation, and creativity completely, and focusing solely on pre-programmed protocols and volume-based productivity. In its spare time, Dr. 99 enjoys writing for Gomerblog and listening to Taylor Swift.

  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

You May Also Like


Orthopod Uses Patient’s Femurs to Play the Drums

366SharesBIRMINGHAM, AL – Orthopedic surgeon Jake Crusher came home today supremely excited: it was ...

racehorse peeing Lasix

Racehorse Confirms He’s Peeing Like a Human on Lasix

1.5KSharesLOUISVILLE, KY – A 4-year-old thoroughbred and racehorse named I’s & O’s has confirmed ...

CPR emergency department butthurt audacity code shift change prior authorization otherwise stable

Breaking: CPR Requires Prior Authorization

22.8KSharesWASHINGTON, D.C. – In breaking news that will infinitely complicate the already difficult process ...

Da Vinci

Video Gamer Unlocks Da Vinci on Original Mortal Kombat

430SharesNearly 25 years after its creation, professional video gamer Prasanth Malhotra has unearthed a ...