Table of Contents
- What is colonoscopy?
- Why is colonoscopy done?
- What bowel preparation is needed for colonoscopy?
- What about current medications or diet before colonoscopy?
- What should I expect during colonoscopy?
- What if there are abnormalities detected during colonoscopy?
- What should I expect post colonoscopy?
- What are the possible complications or alternatives to colonoscopy?
- What is virtual colonoscopy?
- What's new in colonoscopy?
- What's new in colonoscopy? (Continued)
What bowel preparation is needed for colonoscopy?
If the procedure is to be complete and accurate, the colon must be completely cleaned, and there are several different colonoscopy preparations. Patients are given detailed instructions about the cleansing preparation. In general, this consists of drinking a large volume of a special cleansing solution or several days of a clear liquid diet and laxatives or enemas prior to the examination. These instructions should be followed exactly as prescribed or the procedure may be unsatisfactory (visualization of the lining of the colon may be obscured by residual stool), and it may have to be repeated, or a less accurate alternative test may be performed in its place.