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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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Is it ok to eat orange or green jello before a colonoscopy?

Is it ok to eat orange or green jello before a colonoscopy?

Usually its clear: Liquids the day before colonoscopy. Jello is fine but not oranges. Some people recommend avoiding red color jello so as not to creat any confusion during colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is orange jello ok for colonoscopy prep day?

Is orange jello ok for colonoscopy prep day?

Probably ok: But best tocall your endoscopists office and ask their preferences and for clarification. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat orange jello during my colonoscopy prep?

Yes and no.: Avoid red and purple, but orange doesn't usually cause much problem. Be sure to consume a lot of liquids, too. Check with your doctor's office, they might have unique restrictions/limitations. The red jello can get confused with fresh blood! ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a colonoscopy. . . Is it ok to drink orange gatorade?

Yes: The day before the procedure, I believe they put you on a clear liquid diet while taking the cathartic. After midnight, they may put you off any food except water until after the procedure. So until the day before the procedure the gatorade of any flavor is ok. ...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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Is it possible for me to eat ornage jello before a colonoscopy?

Yes: We usually recommend our patients to not have anything red the day before a colonoscopy because things like red jello can look like blood during a procedure and this can be confusing at times for an endoscopist. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy. Can you eat red jello?

Avoid red/orange: The red jello leave a liquid that can be confused with fresh blood. Better to avoid. Other colors are fine. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow. / I have followed all instructions / Re clear liquids today / no food/ light jello / my question is can I have li?

Well: Did you drink you golytlie? You have to have cleaned the colon completely. So if this is not done pointless to do the colonoscopy for the doctor cannot see anything. The colon must be completely cleaned out ...Read more

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I have eated red jello the day before I am sheduled to go for a colonoscopy. Should I cancel my colonoscopy and reshedule for another time?

I have eated red jello the day before I am sheduled to go for a colonoscopy. Should I cancel my colonoscopy and reshedule for another time?

Don't Cancel: There is no need to cancel the colonoscopy. Just continue the prep and stay on clear liquids the rest of the day. Make sure you just let your gastroenterologist know that you ate red jello so they don't think it is blood if they actually see it. But in reality, that red jello should be long gone by the time you complete your prep. ...Read more

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I didn't realize im not allowed to have red dye before my colonoscopy. My appointment is for 11am and I ate red jello at 3pm... is that really bad?

Notify the doc: Red dye is not allowed because it may be difficult to distinguish between blood and jello when looking through the scope. If you ate it before the "cleanse" it is probably fine. Worst case scenario (plenty bad) is that the procedure would have to be repeated. ...Read more

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What colors of jello do I have to stay away from for prepping for my colonoscopy? Red, purple.....

What colors of jello do I have to stay away from for prepping for my colonoscopy? Red, purple.....

Anything red: Or could have red in it. Orange, red, purple.

Yellow, green, blue probably ok. ...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

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I accidentally drank red jello juice day before procedure. Did I taint II for colonoscopy procedure?

Yes possibly: Notify your doctor and discuss rescheduling. Let the gastroenterologist make the call on whether the results will be affected. It is important not to line the colon with red stain because it can be misleading. ...Read more

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Why can’t I have red jello before my colonoscopy? My doctor said any clear liquid is fine, and red jello is clear. So what’s wrong with it?

Red: Red (and purple) jell-o and other clear liquids with these colors can look like blood in the colon and also absorb the same wave length light that is needed to highlight the sometimes subtle color differences in the colon that we need to see in order to identify the pre-cancerous polyps that we are looking for when performing colonoscopy. It can make it more difficult to see these polyps, increasing the chances that something is missed. ...Read more