Colonoscopy Preparation

Colonoscopy Preparation

Regular colonoscopy screenings are highly recommended for those over 50 years of age, and even earlier for those who have a history of colon cancer in the family. Colonoscopy preparation includes cleansing the colon and making it ready for the procedure.

First, your doctor needs to carefully examine both your personal as well as your complete family medical history, so as to determine when you must get a colonoscopy done. In case your doctor advises an early colonoscopy, the procedure needs to be organized the gastroenterologist in charge, who will first familiarize you the 'prep' protocol. You must followed it religiously, and call for clarifications if required.

The colonoscopy prep has been designed to clear out all the waste from your colon, so that the doctor can see your insides better during the procedure. There are a few things you can do too, to make the procedure easier for both you and the doctor. A couple of days before you get started with the colonoscopy prep make some changes in your food habits. Remove all foods that give you a hard time when it comes to digestion, and also stay away from all red, orange and purple colored foods and drinks. Cut out red meat completely but boiled chicken and steamed fish are allowed. Drink a lot of clear liquids, so that you are adequately hydrated before the procedure.

Once the procedure is over, make sure there is someone to accompany you back home, since you will still be under the effects of sedation. Also, eat something light like a salad or a soup; do not too much immediately after the procedure so else you could end up with a stomach problem.

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