The importance of the prep is:
to give the physician the opportunity to see important, potentially cancer-causing, polyps and remove them.
Preparing for your colonoscopy
The MOST IMPORTANT step before your colonoscopy is to empty out your colon by following the "bowel prep" given to you by your physician.
24 hours before your Colonoscopy
The general guidelines are: have a breakfast (cereal, grits, eggs) before 9am the day before your colonoscopy. After breakfast follow a clear liquid diet throughout the day. No red, orange or purple drinks and avoid milk or citrus drinks with pulp.
What Can You Eat?
You can eat honey, flavored gelatin, clear broth, popsicles, and hard candy. You must not eat any solid foods the day before your colonoscopy. You may only eat a clear liquid diet.
What Can You Drink?
Drink only clear liquids before your colonoscopy such as lemonade, 7 up and water. Be sure to drink at least 12 tall glasses (about 8-10 ounces each) of clear liquids throughout the day in addition to what you drink with your bowel prep. Avoid dark beverages such as coffee and coke. Do not drink alcohol before your test.
Taking Your Prep:
By the day before your test you should already have your “bowel prep” medicine. If not, call your doctor.
Day of procedure:
After Midnight - you may have no more than 24 oz tea, water, Propel, or Gatorade but you must stop drinking these liquids 3 hours before check in time. Please no gum after midnight. Take your medications no later than 3 hours prior to your check in time.
YOU MUST HAVE A RIDE AFTER THE PROCEDURE! An adult must take you home.
If you have a pacemaker, mitral valve prolapse, artificial heart valves, or artificial joints, please alert your nurse or doctor.
You will need to arrive at the facility before your appointment time for your exam.
The following are a few hints to help with the preparation:
- Plan to remain close to toilet facilities
- Many patients find that Charmin Plus toilet tissue minimized anal irritation from wiping
- Rub a small amount of hydrocortisone cream on the outside of the anus to lessen irritation
- If you are having a menstrual period, it is OK to wear a tampon
- No colon preparation is fun; however, this regimen has been developed to make it as simple and effective as possible. Please follow each instruction as given.