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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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What can I eat before my colonoscopy? They told me clear liquids, but what does that mean? Coffee’s not clear, but they said i can have that. What about orange juice or soda?

What can I eat before my colonoscopy? They told me clear liquids, but what does that mean? Coffee’s not clear, but they said i can have that. What about orange juice or soda?

Your endoscopist: Should have given you instructions for your prep the day before your colonoscopy. In general you need to be on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours prior to your colonoscopy. Clear liquids is any thing you can see thru with the restriction of no red food products such as red jello or popsicles. Try to drink at least 60-80 oz of fluids during your prep day. ...Read more

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What is the liquid you drink before a colonoscopy made from?

What is the liquid you drink before a colonoscopy made from?

Water and salts: Generally most colon preps are made of water and a mix of salts to both replace those expected to be washed out by the prep, but also to make it "neutral", so your body chemistry will not change much with the large volumes of fluid ingested. Substances to change the taste are also generally used too, although most peolpe still say it tastes terrible :(. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between the colonoscopy prep pills or liquid?

Is there any difference between the colonoscopy prep pills or liquid?

Not much: Different doctors will ask you to do different preparation. A lot of time it is Dr. preference based on their experience. ...Read more

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What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

What popsicles are good for a liquid diet while preparing for a colonoscopy?

Lime popsicles: Colonoscopy prep can be tolerated when lime popsicles are added to your clear liquid, non red food list. Get the low calorie type. ...Read more

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6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

6 y/o needs colonoscopy. Please be specific on things she can have on a clear liquid diet?

Define clear liquids: "clear liquids" are any food that is not solid at room ; body temperature that will allow sunlight to pass through: ice pops, jello, broth without particles, juices without particulates, water, light tea. Avoid red-dyed foods that may leave residue that looks like blood to the colonoscopist. Confirm your selection with the performing doctor--you don't want to have to re-do the test due 2 bad prep. ...Read more

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If you are type II diabetic and have an upcoming Colonoscopy where for two days prior to the procedure what's are the safest liquids or broths, etc?

If you are type II diabetic and have an upcoming Colonoscopy where for two days prior to the procedure what's are the safest liquids or broths, etc?

Bowel prep: Hi. For the bowel prep, stop any diabetes drugs that can cause hypoglycemia (insulins, sulfonylureas, meglitinides); continue the others. After colonoscopy, start back all your regular diabetes meds. Good luck, and no polyps! ...Read more

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Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Is Pedialite considered a Med. if your about to have a Colonoscopy or can it be considered the day before on the liquid diet bc of the electroylites?

Should be fine: You should be fine to drink Pedialite the day before a colonoscopy if they instructed you to be on liquid diet. You can always call the doctor's office to confirm if you are unsure. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy & liquid that's needed before test , causes me big side effects &now its needed again, please can u advice of alternative tests if any availabl?

Colonoscopy & liquid that's needed before test , causes me big side effects &now its needed again, please can u advice of alternative tests if any availabl?

Colonoscopy: There are many options for bowel preparation to choose from. Some of these options are much smaller in volume and also there is pill form. You should discuss your concerns with your GI physician to determine the best options for you. There are other options beside colonoscopy, but none of the other ones will have therapeutic benefits (most of the other ones are diagnostic). Again, discuss! ...Read more

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Can the liquid for colonoscopy prep make u nauseous?

Unfortunately yes : Don't drink it too fast-there is no rush.Some people spread it over an hour.Try drinking through a straw so you can't smell it.See if your doctor will let you mix it with apple juice or sprite. Finally, put a wet wash cloth on your neck and sit in a recliner with your feet up.I found that the prep for the colonoscopy was way worse than the procedure itself. Bless your heart! ...Read more

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Can I take rolaids as part of a clear liquid diet as prep for a colonoscopy?

Plenty of liquids: Colonoscopy is a unique event and remember that the preparation is very important. Follow the directions on your particular bowel preparation and remember to drink plenty of clear liquids. Role aids are permissible. ...Read more

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When colonoscopy preparation need 2 day clear liquid diet instead of 24 hour?

When colonoscopy preparation need 2 day clear liquid diet instead of 24 hour?

Slow gut: Often two day prep used in patients with known or suspect delayed transit such as those on narcotics, with chronic constipation, and s/p spinal cord injury, or those who previously failed a standard one day prep. ...Read more

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Is the broth from Lipton Noodle soup OK as a clear liquid for prepping for a colonoscopy?

Yes: When cleansing for colonoscopy it's ok to drink anything clear- broth, juice, sport drinks. Just stay away from anything fatty, or red color. ...Read more

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Understanding only clear liquids can be had prior to a colonoscopy, does beer count? Specifically a bud light?

Understanding only clear liquids can be had prior to a colonoscopy, does beer count?  Specifically a bud light?

Beer is clear: Prior to colonoscopy it is best to keep the bowel relatively empty not to interfere with visualization of colon mucosa and any potential growths. Clear liquid for the most part is liquid without residue, that is virtually transparent to light. Obviously milk does not fit into profile, nor fruit juices for the most part. Beer is transparent and doesn't cause problems with residue. ...Read more

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I'm prepping for a colonoscopy tomorrow I have been fasting all day and after drinkin the liquid to make me poopy pulse is high is that normal?

I'm prepping for a colonoscopy tomorrow I have been fasting all day and after drinkin the liquid to make me poopy pulse is high is that normal?

Dehydrated: You could be dehydrated. In addition to your laxatives, you should be consuming lots and lots of clear liquids. You should be peeing alot as well as pooping. If you are concerned or have warning signs (short of breath, dizzy, chest pain) either call the doc doing the test tomorrow or go to the er. ...Read more

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I had a gastroscopy & colonoscopy 4 days ago and samples were taken for biopsy, today i'm not feeling well and having black liquid diahrreas, why?

Revisit: You need to revisit the doctor who performed your procedures. By your description, i suspect that you are bleeding from your gastrointestinal tract, probably from your stomach where biopsies were taken. This explains the black diarrhea. Call your doctor or go to the nearest er immediately. ...Read more

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Im having a colonoscopy thursday at 1 pm i cant eat my dr office said to take my metoprololo will it make me sick without food i can drink liquids?

Im having a colonoscopy thursday at 1 pm i cant eat my dr office said to take my metoprololo will it make   me sick without food i can drink liquids?

Bowel prep : Bowel preparation for colonoscopy usually involves a liquid diet the day before. Call the doctors office that is doing the colonoscopy to find out about what you can and cannot drink. They will set you right. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I'm having a colonoscopy please tell me what is considered a clear liquid can I have apple sauce? And why can't I have red jello? I only like the red

Follow instructions: Generally speaking, the working definition of a liquid is clear is one in which you can pour in a glass and still be able to 'read the newspaper through it'. Apple sauce is not allowed. Red jello and liquids are not allowed because they can make any remaining fluid in the colon at the time of the colonoscopy look like blood. Follow your prep instructions so you can get the best exam possible. ...Read more