How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

Preparing for a colonoscopy is important as it ensures that your doctor is able to get a clear view of your colon. Here are some important steps you should take before having your private colonoscopy.

1. Eat Low Fibre Foods: 

You will need to change the way you eat in the days before your private colonoscopy. You should reduce the amount of fibre in your diet as this will help to reduce the amount of material in your bowel. It is important for your colon to be as empty as possible so that your doctor can see clearly. You will have to avoid eating altogether in the 24 hours before the procedure, but you will still be able to drink clear fluids.

2. Take a Laxative: 

It is important to clear out your bowel before the procedure, so you will be given a laxative to take about a day before your private colonoscopy. It will be quite strong, so make sure you are near a toilet. You might experience some discomfort and bloating, as well as the diarrhoea that will empty out your bowels.

3. Drink Plenty of Clear Fluids: 

Make sure you are drinking enough after taking the laxative so that you stay hydrated. You should stick to clear fluids once you are fasting. These include water, squash, and any tea or coffee without milk in it.

4. Follow Your Doctor’s Directions About Medication: 

Make sure that your doctor knows if you are taking any medication. Although you will be able to take some kinds of medicine as normal, there are a few drugs that you will need to stop taking before the colonoscopy. These include iron tablets, which can coat your bowels with a black colour that makes it difficult for your doctor to interpret the colonoscopy pictures. You may also need to stop taking any medication that could affect how your blood clots.

5. Talk to Your Doctor: 

If you are feeling at all anxious or you have any questions about the private colonoscopy procedure, make sure you talk to your doctor. It can also help to talk to a supportive friend or relative if you are worried about having the test or what the results might show.


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