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Colon Prep Instructions

How to Get Ready for Your Colonoscopy

Your doctor will instruct you to follow a colon prep regime before your colonoscopy. This prep is a liquid that causes bowel-clearing diarrhea. Your doctor will most likely instruct you to stick to a clear liquid diet for at least 24 hours prior to your procedure, and to avoid food and drink completely in the two hours leading up to your appointment.

Colon prep is typically an unpleasant experience. Ask your doctor about the options available to you. You can read about different colon flush options and ask your doctor if you have any preferences. The more informed you are, the better an experience you will have.

Why Does My Colon Need to Be Clear?

In order for your colonoscopy to be successful, your bowel needs to be completely empty. This allows your doctor at Washington Township Medical Foundation to see your colon clearly in order to check for:

  • Tumors
  • Inflammation
  • Ulcers
  • Colon polyps

These exams are often ordered in response to gastrointestinal symptoms. Your doctor should give you the instructions at least two weeks prior to the procedure so that you can properly prepare. If you do not follow these instructions and are not properly ready for the procedure, the test may need to be repeated.

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