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Natural Colonoscopy Preparation
Don't drink your prep too fast. You are more likely to get nausea and vomiting if you chug too fast. Also, don't chill your prep too much. Really cold liquids slow down gastric emptying.
Also, the closer you take the prep to the time of colonoscopy, the cleaner your prep will be. ...Read more
You can have clear: Liquids the day before unless advised otherwise. I tell my pts to drink a lot of fluids with the prep to keep flushing the colon. You can also have broth chick/beef and jello (avoid red). Solid food is not allowed. Its worth controlling your hunger for one day than to have to repeat the procedure if not adequately prepped. ...Read more
So why does there seem to be more fuss about colonoscopies vs upper? Is it more to do with the preparation required and the chance of incomplete exam?
Colonoscopy.: Not sure what you mean by "fuss, " but it is true that preparing your colon for a colonoscopy is more difficult than just not eating after midnight to prepare for an upper endoscopy. However, if you take the preparation properly, more than 90% of colonoscopies are completed without difficulty. Just follow the instructions that your doctor gives you and it should go well. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: On which preparation you were give by your doctor. Some are very fast as in 30-60 minutes, others take longer, check with your doctor who ordered the prep. ...Read more
How long will it take to heal by itself for hemorrhoid I got because of preparation for colonoscopy?
I have big swelling on my rectum because of preparation for colonoscopy. What could it be and can I still have colonoscopy tomorrow?
Split prep: There are at least a dozen colonoscopy preps. However, the most effective prep is taken both the night before and the morning of the exam. Also, it is important to drink as much clear liquids as possible the 24 hours before colonoscopy. Avoid sugary drinks which draws water back into the blood stream from the colon. ...Read more
Maybe: You should follow the directions provided to you by your endoscopist and follow them exactly as instructed! ...Read more
Got external hemorrhoids because of preparation for colonoscopy. They are extremely painful and itchy. How long will it take to heal? Will they by themselves? Can I do something so they can heal soon?
How to maintain electrolyte balance during colonoscopy preparation? Should I drink mineral water and sport drinks?
Electrolytes: Colon prep is not likely to affect the electrolyte balance of normal adults significantly. Drinking these sport drinks will not hurt you and perhaps help the economy. ...Read more
Can any doc explain if you get sick from the colonoscopy preparation like drinking the laxative and golightly liquid?
Nasty: Nasty. .. can get nausea besides the intended diarrhoea ...Read more
Due to colonoscopy preparation I got 2 hemorrhoids on Monday. Today on Sunday 3rd one came. Having soft stool, no diarrhea or constapation. What is going on? What should I do? Please help
See: A colorectal surgeon. You may just need a steroid containing rectal suppository. Eat mostly vegetarian. Brown not white rice & NO dairy. Mostly cooked food. HRS, MD, FACC ...Read more
Helps: Reglan (metoclopramide) helps the stomach empty faster, pushing the large volume of the typical liquid prep out faster, lessening the chance of you vomiting it up because it doesn't go through quick enough. ...Read more
Should one take electrolytes during preperation and on the day of colonoscopy to avoid dehydration?
Not necessarily...: In a healthy person without any electrolyte abnormalities prior to the colonoscopy preparation, which is usually only the day prior to the procedure, drinking adequate water should be enough to prevent dehydration and adding electrolytes is usually unnecessary... again assuming the pre-procedure electrolytes are normal. ...Read more
I have colonoscopy procedure friday, right now I have external hemorrhoids can I use preperation h right now, until friday?
Yes: The chemicals in the bowel prep and the diarrhea you get will make your hemmorrhoids inflammed and painful. It is ok to use topical medications to ease this discomfort right up to the day of the procedure. ...Read more
Look inside colon: You are sedated (very sleepy, but still breathing on your own). The endoscopist places an instrument through your anus and then passes it into the colon to carefully exam the colon for polyps, cancer, etc. If any abnormalities are found a biopsy may be done. Typically, it is painless - the only bother is cleaning out your bowels beforehand and even that's not so bad. ...Read more
Colonoscopies: A colonoscopy is a procedure where one's colon is carefully inspected with a colonoscopy, a lighted, flexible telescope. Polyps can be removed, tumors can be diagnosed, and diseases of the bowel can be diagnosed. Doctors recommend that all people should get a colonoscopy by the age of 50. ...Read more
A simple test: After appropriate colon preparation at home, arrive at the endoscopy center, change into a gown & IV is inserted. Once in the procedure room, final consent is obtained, IV sedation is given (there are options here--some patients choose no sedation, others want to be "out cold"), & a thin flexible tube with video camera is inserted per rectum & advanced, taking pictures, biopsies, & therapeutics. ...Read more
YES!: A colonoscopy is a safe, thorough examination of your entire colon under sedation to screen for polyps, or to diagnose bleeding issues or other colon abnormalities such as diverticulosis or hemorrhoids. Small growths like polyps rarely cause symptoms until they grow larger, and can lead to colorectal cancer. You should be screened at least at age 50 or sooner if you have any rectal bleeding. ...Read more
Lots of options: There are a lot of different regimens for doing a colonoscopy prep. It depends on your gastroenterologist what they prefer. Ultimate what they want is a clean prep, so you should not have any stool in your colon when they look. You will have a sense of whether your prep is complete when you look in the toilet bowl and you shouldn't see any solid material left. ...Read more
Not bad: The most annoying part is the bowel cleanout the day before. You have to drink a fluid that makes you have enough bowel movements until your stool becomes clear. The colonoscopy procedure itself is usually easy. When you go home you will have some abdominal discomfort and bloating. Sometimes you can have a little rectal bleeding as well. ...Read more
Camera on a snake: A video camera on the end of a flexible stalk, not unlike a snake, is inserted through the rectum while you are asleep. You don't feel a thing, you won't remember it, and the only bed part is the prep. ...Read more
Pretty much anything: Colonoscopies are mostly done for screening, looking for polyps which may be pre-cancerous, thus removing them in essence prevents a cancer. Colonoscopies are also done to evaluate for other problems, like diverticulosis, hemorrhoid bleeding, changes in bowels which may be from comparatively benign conditions, but infectious diseases, inflammatory diseases and other colon problems may be found too. ...Read more