The key to preparing for your colonoscopy with as much grace – and as little discomfort – as possible is to carefully follow the instructions provided by your physician.
People who’ve never had a colonoscopy before dread the procedure; those who have had a colonoscopy know the hardest part is the preparation for the procedure.
Ultimately, the steps to prepare for a colonoscopy are designed to cleanse your colon, so it is free from any waste or debris that prohibit the doctor from getting a good view, or that could lead to false results.
Follow Our Colonoscopy Prep Guide & You’ll Do Great
Cleansing the colon takes place in three phases:
Using dietary restrictions to minimize the amount of waste that enters the colon, starting the few days before your procedure. The day before your procedure, your diet will consist of clear liquids only.
Drinking and/or taking the supplements that encourage the complete release of the contents in your bowels.
Finalizing the colon cleanse using fleet enemas (provided by the physician) if necessary. Many people never move through this phase since Phases 1 and 2 are usually sufficient.
The news that you need an anoscopy exam can be alarming, particularly if you’ve never had a rectal exam or colonoscopy in the past. Most patients worry the exam is painful, particularly if the issue in question already causes a level of discomfort.
The good news is that an anoscopy exam is not typically painful, however it may feel slightly uncomfortable and you could experience a small “pinching” sensation if biopsy is necessary.
That being said, any discomfort you experience will be relatively minimal, and you can return to your normally scheduled activities immediately afterwards.
Knowing what’s going to happen, is key to feeling more comfortable and knowledgeable about the procedure, which helps patients to relax. Being relaxed is the single most important thing you can do to minimize any type of discomfort during the exam.
Have you heard about Cologuard, wondering what it is or if it can replace a routine colonoscopy?
Cologuard is a fairly new test designed to detect precancerous cells in the colon and rectum. It is a prescription only test so you must see a doctor to obtain the prescription before you can obtain your test kit.
One of the most common questions we get at CRS is “how do I know if my bowel prep is working?
When prepping for a colonoscopy your doctor has probably talked to you about how important the bowel prep process is for accurate results. Residue left behind can make it harder for the doctor to view your colon during the exam – meaning a polyp or other issue might not be seen as clearly or even missed.
The good news is that caught early,colon cancer survival rates are as high as 92%. The bad news is those desirable statistics may only apply to those who catch their cancer while it’s still in the first-stage.
When colon cancer is caught too late, the story can become all-too-common: Someone who patient did, indeed, have symptoms that raised a red flag, but he or she didn’t think they would have cancer because….
This is a common question. We want to note that you are advised to stop taking any Blood Thinners*, ibuprofen (Advil®) included, 7 days prior to your exam. Most of the time, you can take Tylenol® before and after unless there are unusual circumstances.
When you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea are regular and unwanted guests.
These common IBS symptoms disappear and reappear; they range from mild, to severe and debilitating. The constant symptom fluctuation makes it difficult to know if and when to seek medical attention and treatment.