How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
If you just celebrated your 50th birthday, a big congratulations is in order! Not only did you just celebrate a significant milestone but now you get to celebrate living a healthy life by doing things like getting a colonoscopy from Concorde Gastroenterology. Although a colonoscopy may not sound like your idea of a good time, your colon and your overall well-being will certainly thank you.
The American Cancer Society recommends that individuals over the age of 50 should get a colon screening to check for colon cancer. One of the most important steps of a colonoscopy is the preparation because we need your colon to be as clear as possible so we can get the best possible look at it. So, how can you prepare? Let’s take a closer look.
Don’t Eat for 24 Hours
For most patients who are getting a colonoscopy, we recommend a clear liquid diet (no solid food) the day before and the day of your colonoscopy. Be sure to follow the instructions that your doctor provided. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your colon is thoroughly cleaned out before your procedure. It will also help ensure that you don’t get sick from the anesthesia during your procedure. It is important to remember to stay hydrated.
Follow the Doctor’s Orders
Each doctor has their own preferred method for preparing for your Colonoscopy. You can review the preparation instructions that our doctors recommend here.
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