A colonoscopy is a screening test for colorectal cancer, polyps and other diseases that can cause health problems in your colon also known as the large intestine and rectum. Your doctor will insert a flexible tube into the colon to directly view it during the colonoscopy. Most polyps which are growths on the wall of the colon can be removed at the time of the procedure.
Before your scheduled colonoscopy, you’ll want to prep your colon so that your doctor can get an accurate look at what’s happening inside. Because your colon will be empty, any issues inside will be easily visible to the doctor, but you’ll need to take some steps beforehand to ensure that you can get the most out of the test and make it go as smoothly as possible. Here are some prepping tips that will help prepare you for your colonoscopy.
It would be best if you tried to eat a low-fiber diet several days before your scheduled colonoscopy. The day prior to the colonoscopy, you will be placed on a clear liquid diet. Any liquid you can see through is considered a clear liquid. Examples of clear liquids include white grape juice, chicken broth, tea, jello, Italian ices, sports drinks and water. You should avoid all solid foods the day prior to your colonoscopy. You will also do a prep the day prior to the colonoscopy to clean out your colon before having a colonoscope inserted into the colon. Your doctor will review the prep recommended for you along with the instructions. It is always best to check with your doctor before making any changes to a specific diet.
If you take any heart or Diabetes medications, talk to your doctor first about how to dose them prior to the colonoscopy. It’s essential to stay hydrated the day prior to your colonoscopy so don’t forget to drink water!
There are two ways to get ready for your colonoscopy: taking a pill prep or using a bowel preparation drink. Each has its pros and cons, so discussing these options with your doctor is essential. It is important to review the instructions for your prep in advance of the colonoscopy and then follow them carefully for the best prep possible.
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