A member asked:

Long story short, i need a colonoscopy and i heard that colon cleanses can cause your bowel to perforate. is that true?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered

Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery

Colon Cleanses: Can be dangerous but the preps used for colonoscopies are safe and very low risk when used as instructed by your endoscopist. Otc colon cleanses are a hype and taking advantage of gullible patients and pose potential of damage to the cells lining your colon. Best way to keep colon clear is to eat a healthy high fiber doet, drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine/alcohol free fluid daily and save your mone.

Answered 7/12/2013

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