Ryan Reynolds is using his health concern as a teaching opportunity. Following his first colonoscopy, the Free Guy actor recently discovered he had a polyp on his colon.
The procedure’s outcomes were disclosed by Ryan’s doctor, as seen in a video the 45-year-old posted 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. This was potentially life-saving for you. I’m not kidding. I’m not being overly dramatic.” Dr. Lapook explained this to Ryan.
Ryan doesn’t take the procedure lightly, and he documented the process to share with the world. What motivated him to film the procedure, and why? It all began with a wager.
Ryan, a co-chairman of the Welsh football side Wrexham AFC, made a wager with Rob McElhenney, another co-chairman, that if Rob could learn any Welsh, Ryan would have to record a video of himself having a colonoscopy. Ryan didn’t win the wager, but he did learn vital facts about his health.
Ryan took viewers along for the process in the LEAD FROM BEHIND launch film, capturing the moments just before and after. How did he feel about documenting this significant event on camera? “We’re f–king filming it, which is also just like awful.” Now, going through a medical treatment may be challenging, let alone doing it in front of a camera.
“I’ve been on camera a lot. But this was the first time one has shoved up my ass. The procedure and prep were painless but the discomfort of filming and sharing the process was the hardest part.” Ryan stated.
Nevertheless, Ryan and Rob both publicly discussed their colonoscopy procedures despite their pain.
“We want this potentially life-saving procedure to be less mysterious and stigmatized,” Ryan revealed.