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I am having a colonoscopy/endoscopy. Can I consume any type of protein shake/powder or solid food on Mon., my papers just say to avoid food after 4pm?

I am having a colonoscopy/endoscopy. Can I consume any type of protein shake/powder or solid food on Mon., my papers just say to avoid food after 4pm?

No only liquid: You are supposed to be on liquid diet for two days prior while getting the prep to clean your colon and flush it from everything so it will be super clean during colonoscopy only water and juices and jello not even milk allowed . No milk shake or smoothies no solid food , you are getting very poor instructions and bad preparation for an important test any doubt call your doctor ...Read more

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 foods can I eat the day before my colonoscopy?

What foods can I eat the day before my colonoscopy?

Follow the instructi: Your doctor's office should give you instructions to follow in order to have a good prep. Otherwise your test will be cancelled as the preparation is rigorous and lasts 2-3 days of no solids and using laxatives to clean up your intestines completely. ...Read more

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Which types of food can I eat 2 days before the colonoscopy?

Which types of food can I eat 2 days before the colonoscopy?

Anything, generally: Depending on your doctor's preparation, you can often eat a regular diet until the day before your colonoscopy. A light breakfast the day before, and clear liquids all day before your procedure is generally adequate. Remember though, anything you put in your face before your scope, will have to come out with the prep! ...Read more

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How long to do you have to not eat food when having a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy Prep: The prep for a colonoscopy might differ from doctor to doctor, but generally speaking most will advise that the patient eat no solid food while the preparation of the bowel is in progress. Clear fluids, however, are permitted. These include apple or cranberry juice, ginger ale, jello and clear broth. ...Read more

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What kind of food can I eat the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

What kind of food can I eat the day before my colonoscopy procedure?

Liquids: No solid or soft foods ar allowed on the day of the prep. Any liquid that you can see through (clear liquids) is allowed--tea, black coffee, water, juces without pulp, broths, popsicles, hard candy (ie, jolly ranchers). Avoid any red colored fluids as they may give the tissue a bloody appearance and can be confusing. ...Read more

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I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

Talk to your doc: Cscope can be uncomfortable-lots of loops, twists and turns in 5'-6' of bowel. Most pts and mds prefer a relaxed, comfortable patient: relaxes the bowel, makes for an easier procedure. Need not be "knocked out", just comfortable. Rare patient asks for cold sober procedure; most don't repeat it that way. Would have IV access anyway, in case you want or need meds or fluids. ...Read more

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Scheduled colonoscopy today, but I'm still passing brown fluid and some debris. Followed all instructions, 40 hrs no food, will they reschedule?

Scheduled colonoscopy today, but I'm still passing brown fluid and some debris. Followed all instructions, 40 hrs no food, will they reschedule?

Probably OK.: As long as what you're passing is a liquid, it will probably be OK to proceed with the procedure. If it is not too late, you may want to call the gastroenterologist's office to see if they want you to take anything additional to the laxative prescribed. If you can't reach them though, continue to follow the instructions and proceed as planned. Good luck. ...Read more

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Not digest food, abdominal pain, depression, and I have a colonoscopy?

Not digest food, abdominal pain, depression, and I have a colonoscopy?

Could you rephrase?: I'm not sure I'm understanding your question very well. Sounds like you've got a colonoscopy scheduled due to problems with digestion and abdominal pain. Can you explain what you mean by "not digest food" as in are you suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation or a combination of all those things? ...Read more