The Ins and Outs of Colonoscopy
If your doctor suspects you have either Colitis or Crohn's disease then sooner or later you will be scheduled for a Colonoscopy. But it is not only a necessary procedure for properly diagnosing diseases of the colon like IBD but also to screen the general population for cancers of the colon.
Technically a colonoscope is a long, flexible tube about as wide as your finger with a small fiber-optic light and a camera attached to its end. The ‘scope' is connected to a TV monitor that allows your doctor to see inside your colon. However, in order for your doctor to properly conduct the test your colon must be cleaned out, meaning no fecal matter or debris can be left inside your colon or it will hinder your doctor's ability to feed the scope into the colon and the procedure may have to be stopped and rescheduled. That said, it is the ‘bowel prep,' as it's called, that is the most important job you, the patient, has in guaranteeing a ...
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My Bowel Prep
Bowel prep is done to clear the bowel of all solid matter. The prep largely consists of drinking large amounts of clear liquids and laxatives the day before the colonoscopy. This is a day that you will want to stay home from the office.
My gastroenterologist asked me not to eat any nuts or seeds for one week prior to the colonoscopy as these can stink into the walls of the intestine.
On the day before the colonoscopy, I began the liquid fast and laxatives. This required me to drink moderate amounts of liquid laced with laxative at regular intervals.
It really was much easier than I imagined. It may be that experiences vary by patient, but I did not mind that taste of the Miralax in my iced tea, I did not have violent diarrhea, and I was not starving – not even that hungry really. What’s more, I was glad to be doing a colon cleanse. They’re suppos...
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