How do I prepare my body for a colonoscopy?

How do I prepare my body for a colonoscopy?

Preparing for your colonoscopy

  1. Three days before your colonoscopy, eat only low-fiber foods.
  2. Two days before, continue eating only low-fiber foods.
  3. One day before, go on a clear-liquid diet.
  4. The evening before, drink half of a prescription laxative drink to clean out your colon for the procedure.

How many hours do you need to prep for a colonoscopy?

A PEG-based bowel prep may take one to three hours, while a NaP-based bowel prep may take three to six hours to start.

What are contraindications for colonoscopy?

Absolute contraindications to colonoscopy include patient refusal, recent myocardial infarction, hemodynamic instability, peritonitis, recent surgery with colonic anastomosis, or bowel injury and repair. In general, patients should wait at least 6 weeks from acute events before proceeding with a colonoscopy.

How often do you need a colonoscopy after age 50?

When should people get a colonoscopy? Most people should get screened for colon cancer no later than age 50. If your colonoscopy doesn’t find any signs of cancer, you should have the exam again every 10 years. However, if you’re between 76 and 85, talk to your doctor about how often you should be screened.

What is a 4 point colonoscopy?

The BCSP uses a four point scale: excellent, adequate, complete despite poor preparation, or failed due to poor preparation. 30 Despite the subjectivity of this scale we recommend this or a similar scale is recorded for all colonoscopies.

How long is a colonoscopy from start to finish?

Most colonoscopies take only 15-30 minutes to complete. As a reminder, most patients recall feeling minimal to no pain or discomfort during the procedure. After the colonoscopy is done, you will be observed in a recovery area until the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

Can I drink water the morning of my colonoscopy?

As of noon the Day Before Procedure • Drink only clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, broth (clear, fat-free), gelatin, pulp-free juice, ice pops without pulp, carbonated beverages, sports drinks, tea and coffee (sugar is optional). Do not consume any red-colored beverages or gelatins.