Preparations for your Colonoscopy

Posted: Aug 16 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

If you have gallstones or gall bladder disease symptoms, your Ft. Myers, FL physician may want you to have a colonoscopy. But prior to your exam, you’ll need to completely empty out the contents of your bowel. Colonoscopy preparation usually begins the day before this procedure performed to look for medical problems like gall bladder disease, gallstones, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, or colon cancer.

The Day before Your Colonoscopy

In the morning the day before your colonoscopy, you need to add one of the flavor packs (TriLyte) to the solution you’ll be drinking, which is typically Colyte. Once you’ve added your flavor packet of choice, fill the jug up to the fill line with water, and shake the jug until all the powder is dissolved. Place the jug in the refrigerator to become chilled. Refer to your doctor’s instructions, but in most cases, you can eat a normal breakfast.

For lunch, you’re usually allowed to have a light lunch, which should be eaten around noon. This will be the last solid food you’ll be allowed to eat until after your colonoscopy. It’s very important to not eat any solid food within two to four hours of beginning drinking of your Colyte prep.

Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., you should start to drink your chilled solution. You should have a goal to drink an eight-ounce glass of this solution every 10 minutes. It’s better to drink it down quickly, instead of sipping. Bowel movements usually start about one hour after the start of drinking the solution; you’ll continue to have bowel movements for three to four hours. You need to keep drinking this liquid throughout the evening until the solution is gone or your bowels are clear.

Abdominal fullness, nausea, and bloating are common side effects after drinking the first few glasses of solution. Once you have finished the solution, you should drink water or other clear liquids, such as broth, clear soda, or jello as listed on your instructions in order to keep yourself hydrated. Because you will be having many bowel movements, you could become dehydrated if you don’t drink additional liquids. Do not drink anything red or purple.

As some added tips: Have some reading material, soft toilet paper, and moist wipes in the bathroom.

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