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How should I prepare for colonoscopy?

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In brief: About the procedure

A colonoscopy usually takes about half an hour to perform. The procedure will not hurt, although it may be a bit uncomfortable.



Preparing for the procedure
For the doctor to see the lining of the colon clearly, it needs to be completely empty. To achieve this, you will need to follow a special diet for a few days before the procedure. For this diet, high-fibre foods need to be avoided. The hospital will provide menu advice.

You will also be given a laxative, which will come with detailed instructions on how and when to take it. You will be advised to drink plenty of clear fluids on the day before the examination.

Please do follow these instructions very carefully. If the colon is not completely empty, the doctor may not be able to get a clear view and the examination may have to be repeated.

In brief: About the procedure

A colonoscopy usually takes about half an hour to perform. The procedure will not hurt, although it may be a bit uncomfortable.



Preparing for the procedure
For the doctor to see the lining of the colon clearly, it needs to be completely empty. To achieve this, you will need to follow a special diet for a few days before the procedure. For this diet, high-fibre foods need to be avoided. The hospital will provide menu advice.

You will also be given a laxative, which will come with detailed instructions on how and when to take it. You will be advised to drink plenty of clear fluids on the day before the examination.

Please do follow these instructions very carefully. If the colon is not completely empty, the doctor may not be able to get a clear view and the examination may have to be repeated.
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