A Colonoscopy is a life-saving procedure used to see inside the colon and rectum. It can detect inflamed tissue, ulcers and abnormal growths that could ultimately result in colorectal cancer. The procedure is used to look for early signs of cancer and can also help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus and weight loss.

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Preparing for a Colonoscopy

At the Digestive Disease Center, we will provide you with all the information you need to know in order to prepare for your Colonoscopy, including written instructions. The process is called a bowel prep. Generally, all solids must be emptied from the gastrointestinal tract by following a clear liquid diet for 1 to 3 days before the procedure. Patients should not drink beverages containing red or purple dye. Acceptable liquids include:

  • fat-free bouillon or broth
  • strained fruit juice
  • water
  • plain coffee
  • plain tea
  • diet soda
  • gelatin

A laxative or an enema may be required the night before your Colonoscopy. A laxative is medicine that loosens stool and increases bowel movements. Laxatives are usually swallowed in pill form or as a powder dissolved in water. An enema is performed by flushing water, or sometimes a mild soap solution, into the anus using a special wash bottle.

Patients should inform the doctor of all medical conditions and any medications, vitamins, or supplements taken regularly, including:

  • aspirin
  • arthritis medications
  • blood thinners
  • diabetes medication
  • vitamins that contain iron

Driving is not permitted for 24 hours after your Colonoscopy to allow the sedative time to wear off. Before the appointment, please make plans for a ride home.
For specific instructions for preparing for a Colonoscopy,click here.

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