Bowel preparation before colonoscopy is extremely important. Good preparation allows a physician to thoroughly examine a colon. The bowels need to be completely and carefully cleaned so that the doctor can easily discover any potential problems. Polyps or other abnormalities may be harder to notice if the bowels aren’t prepped and emptied properly prior to the procedure. You should consult the gastroenterologist that is performing your procedure for you about the details of your bowel preparation (solution, specific instructions) to ensure it is done correctly to allow for a better prep rather than relying on general instructions. Do not discontinue any medications prior to your procedure without speaking with your doctor. Procedural preparations also change and evolve with time so it is important to understand what preparation, solution and instructions you doctor recommends now for the best preparation for your procedure.
- Obtain two (2) Fleet Enemas at any drug store (no prescription needed).
- Do not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
- Use the first enema 2 hours prior to leaving your home (follow package directions).
- Use the second enema ½ hour after the first enema.
3 hours prior to your procedure- do not drink any fluids, even water
You should always speak to the physician performing the examination for specific instructions prior to your exam.
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