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Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Is bowel prep for colonoscopy safe?

Yes: There are many kinds of prep ; they are necessary and safe. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Yes: Some use a small bottle of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with 64 oz gatorade which can be supplemented by a few days of liquid diet. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

How to use Suprep Bowel Prep Kit for patient. Colonoscopy.

Here's helpful link: ...and video: http://www.suprepkit.com/dose-instruction.htm (in English and Spanish versions) ...Read more

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What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flex sig: Usually two enemas. Again, this is a procedure for the history books. Almost always an indication for a sigmoidoscopy is an indication for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Is colyte (polyethylene glycol) prep really needed before a laparoscopy?

Is colyte (polyethylene glycol) prep really needed before a laparoscopy?

Depends on...: Depends what the laparoscopic procedure is, also depends on your individual surgical risk profile and the comfort level of your surgeon. For example: for a tubal ligation it's probably not needed, for a retro peritoneal node dissection it is. I almost never use any bowel prep for the fertility and endometriosis surgeries i do. ...Read more

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

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Is there a colonoscopy prep without bisacodyl tablets?

Other options : There are many preps available. Options will vary with the endoscopist. It is best to discuss this with your doctor as he is the one who will advise you on the prep. A common option is a golytlely or CoLyte (polyethylene glycol) prep which involves consuming 4 liters of a peg solution. ...Read more

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Colyte (polyethylene glycol) causes nausea for me. What are other options for bowel prep?

Colyte (polyethylene glycol) causes nausea for me. What are other options for bowel prep?

So many!: Suprep (1 liter), half-lytely (2 liters), MoviPrep (3 liters), MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) prep (with gatorade), magnesium citrate, & phosphosoda based preps (some tablets). Be aware that most GI doctors shy away from the phosphate-preps based on literature & published warnings regarding kidney & heart effects from these products. Your GI doctor can of course tailor preps to your tolerance & specific health concerns. ...Read more

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Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot  2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Will the colonoscopy prep trigger colitis?

Some of the: Older preps could have irritated an already inflamed colon, but if your colitis is in remission, currently used preps should not cause a flair. ...Read more

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Which surgical/laser options are available for hemorrhoid surgery?

Which surgical/laser options are available for hemorrhoid surgery?

Surgical options: When surgery is indicated for rectal hemorrhoids there are several excellent options from laser, to coagulation to clamps and sutures. Okay to discuss indications and techniques with your surgeon regarding your specific case. Okay to take friend/family with you to help understand the options. Be well. ...Read more

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What are alternatives for citrate of magnesium to cleanse the bowels before colonoscopy?

Many: Most of the fda-approved bowel preps for a colonoscopy are actually prescriptions. There are no longer many otc versions of it. Discuss with your colonoscopist the benefits of each. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Is colonoscopy w/o biopsy reliable? Does routine colonoscopy w/o symptoms also check for anal cancer? Finally, can be cancer mistaken for hemroids.THX

Here are some...: Your Q is well taken. However, even today all what medical professionals can do is to apply current available knowledge, skill, technology, medication, common sense, & wisdom at reasonable time in reasonable way for reasonable patient. More facts: Behind what we know always still hides a lot of what we do not know. Nonetheless, what you have had should be sufficient to assure your current health. ...Read more

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Is generlac used as a prep for colonoscopy?

Is generlac used as a prep for colonoscopy?

Any laxative can!: The goal of the prep is to eliminate stool. Diet plays an important role- avoiding fruits and vegetables for a couple of days helps. Then the laxatives come in. Everyone is different in response to laxatives. Doctors find "preps" they like- if you follow their instructions, you should have a complete exam. ...Read more

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Can the virtual colonography/colonoscopy be done withOUT the bowel prep?

Can the virtual colonography/colonoscopy be done withOUT the bowel prep?

No: Virtual colonoscopy requires the same preparation as conventional procedure. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/virtual-colonoscopy-topic-overview ...Read more

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Are jolly ranchers safe for colonoscopy prep?

Yes: They dissolve completely and are no problem. Suggest you avoid the red and purple. ...Read more

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Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Is colonoscopy prep the same thing as colon cleansing?

Mostly yes: In preparing for colonoscopy ist is necessary that the bowel be relatively clean so that small lesions can be recognized and biopsied if necessary. As such bowel prep is employed. In essence colonoscopy not performed without a prep. Colon cleansing is also a term employed to cleanse the bowel which has impacted with feces and a high colonic enema is used for cleansing. ...Read more

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What preparation is required for ercp?

What preparation is required for ercp?

None: Ercp requires the patient to not eat usually after midnight the evening before. ...Read more

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What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

Liquids and laxative: On the before the colonoscopy, you will be on a liquid diet all day and either drink an electrolyte solution or take a series of tablets-both of which will induce diarrhea. The prep usually takes 3 to 4 hours to run its course. ...Read more

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