A colonoscopy procedure is somewhat unique in that some people dread the preparation process more than the procedure itself. It’s true that preparing for a colonoscopy is a bit more of an undertaking than a lot of medical procedures, but you can help the process go a little smoother by taking some steps to make it easier on yourself. In today’s blog, we share some tips for making your colonoscopy prep easier.
Making Colonoscopy Prep Easier
Preparing for your colonoscopy involves following some dietary restrictions and drinking a cleansing liquid prior to your procedure. The dietary adjustment can be a big change for some, and the prep liquid can cause some bowel discomfort. Here’s how to make that process easier.
- Reduce Your Fiber Intake – High fiber foods can leave a residue in your colon, and you want it to be clear during the procedure. A few days before your procedure, cut back or eliminate high fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts from your diet.
- Take The Day Off – You’ll have significant dietary restrictions the day before your operation, so many people find it easier to take the day off from work. There’s also the possibility that the prep liquid can cause an upset stomach, so it’s easier to be in the comfort of your own home and your own bathroom if needed.
- Change Up Your Approved Foods – The day before your colonoscopy, you won’t be allowed to eat solid foods, and most people don’t feel full on water alone. However, you’ll feel better if you rotate in a few foods on the approved foods list. Popsicles, gelatin, tea, coffee and clear broth are all approved, so try some of them to help you get through the day.
- Flavor Up The Prep Liquid – Some people really dislike the taste of the prep liquid. However, there’s nothing that says you can’t improve that taste with a flavor packet or Kool-Aid pouch. Consider adding an approved flavor packet (no red or purple liquids) to make the prep serum go down easier.
- Set Up Near The Bathroom – You will likely need to go to the bathroom more frequently than normal after drinking the prep liquid, so hang out at home where it’s easy to reach a bathroom when needed.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes – When you’re lounging around the house or heading in for your colonoscopy, dress in loose fitting, comfortable clothes.
If you do all these things and follow your gastroenterologist’s preparation instructions, we’re confident that the process will go as smoothly as possible. It might be a little uncomfortable, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind knowing that your colon is in good health. For more information, or to schedule your colonoscopy appointment, reach out to Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants today.