How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
When preparing for a colonoscopy, it’s very important to follow all of directions carefully. You will receive a packet of information at your initial consultation at Digestive Care Physicians with locations in Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek and Lawrenceville, Georgia. In your packet you will find prep instructions.
Your colon has to be empty and clean for your doctor to get a proper look at it. To make that happen, you’ll have to fast and use strong laxatives beforehand. You’ll be given a prescription for the type of laxative to use and instructions for times to drink along with the amount of water you should drink with the laxative. While in may be inconvenient and somewhat unpleasant, it’s necessary for getting correct results that could save your life.
Preparing for a Colonoscopy
Three days before your colonoscopy eat low fiber foods:
- White bread, pasta, and rice
- Soft fruits, like bananas
- Well-cooked vegetables without skin
- Fruit without skin or seeds
- Lean meat, chicken, or fish
Foods to avoid:
- Whole grains
- nuts, seeds
- Dried fruit
- Raw vegetables or fruits
- Tough meats
- Raw vegetables
- Beans and peas
The Day Before Your Colonoscopy
The entire day before your scheduled colonoscopy you must be on a strict CLEAR LIQUID DIET.
Examples of What You Can Eat/Drink:
- Coffee or tea (no milk, creamer)
- Clear soups and/or broths (make sure to drain any vegetables or noodles)
- Clear fruit juices (apple, white cranberry, white grape, lemonade
- Popsicles (no red, blue or purple)
- Artificially sweetened power drinks (Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
- Sorbet that does not contain milk or fruit chunks
- Soft drinks (Sprite, Ginger Ale, Coke)
What You can NOT eat/drink:
- Dietary Supplements
- Milk or milk by-products
- Chewing gum
- Grapefruit juice
- Tomato juice
- V8 Juice
- NO Ensure or Boost
- No SOLID FOOD
- NO honey
Tips and Tricks to Get the Prep Down:
- Mix it with something flavored, like a sports drink or powdered drink mix.
- Keep it chilled
- Drink it through a straw place far back on your tongue
- Follow it with a sip of something that tastes good
- Suck on a lemon slice or piece of hard candy after drinking
Once the laxative starts working, you’ll have frequent, forceful diarrhea. You may have cramps and bloating. If you have hemorrhoids, they may become irritated.
Remember Why You’re Having a Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is one of the best ways to spot or help prevent colon cancer; which is the second the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Fortunately, a colonoscopy makes colorectal cancer one of the few cancers that can be prevented. Preparing for a colonoscopy is not nearly as bad as colon cancer!
All of the Digestive Care Physicians are board certified and have specialized in treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal diseases. Physicians Dr. Ranvir Singh, Dr. Stephen Rashbaum, Dr. Nitin J. Parikh, Dr. Ruth Montalvo, or Dr. Long B. Nguyen offer a full range of services to diagnose, treat, and manage digestive disorders. You can be assured that you are in safe hands, and will provide you with the highest level of quality care before, during and after the examinations or testing.
Digestive Care Physicians have offices in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, and Cumming, GA. Their in-house endoscopy suite is AAAHC Accredited and is located in Johns Creek.