Why do I need a Colon Prep?
It is very important for your colon to be cleaned out thoroughly prior to your colonoscopy. A clean colon means that you will have the best possible examination. When cleaned properly, the procedure can be performed as planned and the diagnosis or treatment will be of the highest quality.
A poor prep can result in stool remaining in the colon that may hinder complete view of the colon resulting in missed polyps/lesions causing questionable results and/or cancellation of the procedure.
How do I achieve a GOOD colon prep?
Your practitioner will decide what the best prep for you to use is. Your job is to READ and FOLLOW all of your prep instructions completely. The staff of Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates and Tri-State Digestive Disorder Center will be available to help you get thru your prep if help is needed.
What will my prep be like?
Colon preps have changed a lot over the years, new ones have been introduced, and old ones have been removed from store shelves. Preps used today will vary from large numbers of pills to a gallon of liquid. Some taste salty even when mixed with flavoring. The newer preps are more effective and efficient and do cause less discomfort than the older ones. These preps work quickly, causing a diarrhea effect in order to empty the colon.
Tips for taking your prep.
- Plan to be at home, close to a bathroom
- Distract yourself by doing something like watching TV or reading a book
- Dress comfortably, have a sweater or blanket nearby if you become cold
- While taking your prep, eat hard candy (unless you should not due to diabetes), popsicles, jell-o, or other clear liquids (avoid artificial red colors)
- Refrigerate the prep solution to get it really cold (not frozen) before you start drinking.
What to do if you become nauseated.
Everyone tolerates the preps differently. Some never get nauseated, while others may. Here are some tips to help cut down on the possibility of nausea:
- Breathe through your mouth or hold your nose while drinking the prep
- Drink the prep solution through a straw
- Lie on your left side to reduce nausea, lying on your back may make it worse
- Drink soda or clear liquid with crushed ice before and after drinking your prep
- If you are extremely nauseated, stop drinking for approximately 30 minutes, then start again.