How To Prepare For A Colonoscopy

A typical colonoscopy procedure takes about 30 minutes. However, the prep time for such a short exam is longer and oftentimes, many people find it unpleasant and have difficulties with it.

Although preparing for a colonoscopy can be hard and inconvenient for you, it is still important that you do so. Prepping for the exam entails having a clean colon. Having a clean colon is crucial for the test because if this isn’t the case, there is a danger that the important, possible cancer-causing polyps won’t be seen or detected. In addition, if you show up for the colonoscopy with a clean colon, your specialist will spend more time carefully examining your colon instead of trying to wash away any waste that’s still inside it. Hence, you won’t have to go back to your doctor’s clinic for a repeat exam.

To have a clean colon and be properly prepared for a colonoscopy, here are some essential tips and steps to remember:

Drink all the special cleansing solution or special oral laxatives prescribed by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instruction of consuming the prescribed medications. According to experts, the best way to go about this is to split the solution dose, drink the first two liters on the night prior to the exam, and consume the second two liters four to six hours before the procedure. The last step is important to remember so that you will get a really thorough cleansing.

Consume or drink only clear fluids the day before the procedure. You are not allowed to eat solid foods before your colonoscopy. You can drink water and fruit juices (fresh or otherwise) such as apple, orange, and lemon as long as they do not have any pulp. Clear broth and uncolored Jell-O natural flavored and homemade popsicles or ice cubes are fine as well. It is also important that you stay completely dehydrated before the procedure so stock up on bottled water and the other recommended beverages.

Look for ways to help blood circulation in your legs. Due to the laxative you are taking, you will be spending hours sitting on the toilet. You need to find ways that can help the circulation and blood flow to your legs. You can be more comfortable while you’re in the bathroom if you replace your toilet seat with a more cushioning or padding seat and to help with the circulation, don’t cross your feet and legs while seated. Stand up or shake your legs every now and then as well to keep them moving to improve blood circulation.

Lastly, get a personalized prep plan from your doctor. If you have diabetes, make sure you tell your doctor so that he or she knows if there is a need to adjust your insulin or drug intake to control your blood sugar. Make sure you inform your doctor about any allergies you may have to medications as well. Don’t forget to tell your specialist about any medications you’re taking including aspirin products, arthritis medications, anti-inflammatory medicines, etc.

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