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What Is the Best Way to Prepare for a Colonoscopy?

Thursday, 10 June 2010 08:46 AM

Question: What is the best way to prepare for my next colonoscopy? In previous exams I had to drink a gallon of GoLYTELY. It gave me very painful cramps before bowel movements began. Is there a recommended diet I should use the week before the procedure?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

GoLYTELY solution is widely used as a colonoscopy preparation. Other ways of prepping your colon are available. Discuss with your physician whether a liquid diet the week would suffice with perhaps a bottle of magnesium citrate as well as a suppository the evening before to clear out the last part of colon a little more. Remember that stool/fecal material in your bowel may interfere with visualization of your colon and become problematic if polyps or lesions are missed.

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