DAY BEFORE EXAM
Prepare the laxative according to the instructions and refrigerate it for use that afternoon.
You may have a regular breakfast and a light lunch- Example: sandwich, soup, salad etc.
No solid foods are permitted after 1:00 p.m. but, if desired, you may have clear liquids up to 4 hours prior to your exam.
CLEAR LIQUIDS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Strained fruit juices without pulp (apple, white grape, lemonade)
- Clear broth (chicken or beef) or bouillon
- Coffee or tea (without milk or non-dairy creamer)
ALL OF TOE FOLLOWING THAT ARE NOT COLORED RED OR PURPLE;
- Carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks
- Kool-Aid (or other fruit flavored drinks)
- Plain Jell-O (without added fruits or toppings)
- Ice popsicles
APPROXIMATELY 4:00 OR 5=00 P.M.:
• Begin drinking laxative preparation as, instructed: 8 oz- every 10 minutes.
Note: You may drink laxative through a straw if you prefer.
^ • If you should become nauseated or "feel too full" extend the 10-minute time schedule to something that-is more comfortable for you until you can resume (he 10'mmute schedule.
• It may take the laxative up to 2 hours to begin working
• Continue to drink laxative until it is completed or your stool runs clear.
• YOU may feel chilled during the time you are drinking the laxative. This is temporary and will subside soon after the laxative is finished.
• You should be finished around 7:00 p.m.
Get a good night's rest.
A colonoscopy is a safe and routine procedure using a flexible tube and built in camera that enables one to examine the inside of your large intestine.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS FROM A
Although colonoscopy is a safe procedure, complications can occur. These include perforation- a puncture of the colon walls, which could require surgical repair. Be sure to discuss any specific concerns you may have about the procedure with your doctor.
It is very important that your colon is clean to ensure that the inside walls of the colon can be easily viewed. Therefore, you must adhere to the prescribed diet and preparation.
You will be given medication that will act as a sedative. This should allow the
procedure to be performed with a minimum of discomfort. You may feel
some gas like cramps but we will do all we can to keep you comfortable.
Due to the medication, you will not be allowed to drive after this procedure,
so please make arrangements for a ride home from the center. You may feel
normal but you will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle under Florida
If you are taking any of these medications PLEASE inform your doctor.
1. ASPIRIN OR ASPIRIN SUBSTITUTES. These need to be stopped 3 days prior to procedure.
3. INSULIN or DIABETES MEDICATIONS
5. ARTHRITIS MEDICATION' VIOXX, CELEBREX, MOBIC
6. VITAMIN E
Please inform your doctor of any MEDICATION ALLERGIES.
If you have any questions, please call Dr. McGovern's office at 569-0224.