Ryan Reynolds’ doctor finds polyp during ‘potentially life-saving’ colonoscopy – NBC Chicago

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Ryan Reynolds' doctor finds polyp during 'potentially life-saving' colonoscopy - NBC Chicago
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Ryan Reynolds turns his medical fear into an educational moment.

The ‘Free Guy’ actor recently had his first colonoscopy and learned he had a polyp on his colon.

Reynold’s doctor revealed the results of the process, as seen in a video the 45-year-old shared on Instagram on September 13.

“You did such a good prep that I was able to find an extremely subtle polyp that was on the right side of your colon,” Dr. Lapook told Reynolds. “It was potentially life-saving for you. I’m not kidding. I’m not being overly dramatic.”

The operation is not one Reynolds takes lightly, and he filmed the experience to share with the world. As for what prompted him to film the process? It all started with a bet.

Reynolds, who is co-chairman of Welsh football team Wrexham AFC, made a bet with his co-chairman Rob McElhenney that if McElhenney could learn some of the Welsh language, Reynolds would have to film a video to get a colonoscopy. Well, Reynolds lost the bet, but he gained critical information about his health.

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In the LEAD FROM BEHIND launch video, Reynolds took viewers with him for the proceedings, showing moments just before and after. As for how he felt about putting this milestone on camera? He teased, “We’re filming it, which is also awful.”

Now, having a medical procedure can be difficult, let alone filming it.

“I’ve been in front of the camera a lot. But this was the first time it had been put up my ass,” Reynolds noted. “The procedure and preparation was painless, but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part.”

But despite that discomfort, Reynolds and McElhenney both aired their colonoscopy visits for a bigger purpose.

Reynolds shared, “We want this potentially life-saving procedure to be less mysterious and less stigmatized.”

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