Planning for a normal routine checkup is no big deal. But some procedures require a little more preparation and guidance. A colonoscopy is a procedure where the gastrointestinal doctor examines the inside of the large intestine with a long but small scope. This procedure is recommended for a variety of reasons, from digestive issues to colon cancer prevention. If you’re scheduled for a colonoscopy it’s wise to be ready days, sometimes weeks, before. This guide will help your take positive steps for a smooth and successful colonoscopy procedure.
Before the Planning – What’s Colonoscopy Prep & Why is it Necessary?
Colonoscopy preparation is beneficial for the examiner to see clearly through your bowels. By carefully following these steps, the examiner can easily find tumors and polyps.This preparation requires days of eating low fibrous foods to help empty your bowels for a successful examination. You will need to read all preparatory instruction given to your by your proctologist.
Always consult with your primary care physician before choosing a date for you colonoscopy. They can better determine what you need to do and will recommend a proctologist in your area.
Low Fiber Foods
Your doctor may suggest staying away from fibrous food such as raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. You should limit or discontinue fatty, meaty foods at least 5 days prior to your procedure.
Depending on your medication history, you will want to consult with your doctor on what medications can wait until after the procedure. Mostly, you will hold off on certain medications but still be allowed to take acetaminophen a few days prior if needed.
Stay hydrated during this process. While it is not completely necessary to begin the preparation more than a week in advance, it is wise to up your water intake. This will ensure that your body stays hydrated as it gets your bowels moving.
The day(s) before the procedure, be sure to stock up on liquid such broth and other clear liquids. Use soft tissue only and If you are prone to having external hemorrhoids and use a hemorrhoid cream, consult your physician for their advice on care.
Bowel Prep Drink & Day Before
The day before the procedure, you will be required to drink a laxative preparatory drink to release your bowels for a more accurate reading the following day. Wear comfortable clothing and stay close to the bathroom this day. Rest and relax while occupying yourself with books and low-key activities.
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