Q: How soon should I cancel my procedure if I can’t make it?

A: If you absolutely must cancel your procedure, please do so at least 7 days in advance so that we have time to schedule another patient in your place. Try not to cancel at the last minute since we will not be able to refill your time slot.

 

Q: Should I take my medications the morning of the test?

A: Yes. You should take all of your usual medications (including blood pressure medicines) with a sip of water several hours before your procedure. EXCEPT DIABETES MEDICATIONS SHOULD NOT be taken the morning of the procedure since you have not eaten. Additionally, YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY BLOOD THINNERS (COUMADIN, PLAVIX) or ASPIRIN CONTAINING MEDICINES 5-7 DAYS PRIOR TO THE PROCEDURE. If you have further questions, please call the office

 

Q: Why do I need to be on a clear liquid diet the entire day prior to my colonoscopy?

A: Your colon needs to be clear of stool the day of your test. If you eat solid food the day prior to your test, your bowel is still processing the food and creating stool. If you have stool in your colon during the procedure, this impairs the doctor’s view, resulting in a possible repeat of the prep and the test.

 

Q: How do I know I have a good prep after I finish my Prep solution?

A: Once you finish drinking your prep, the stool looks like urine, which is a clear yellow color without any particles. That’s the result you aim to achieve.

 

Q: Should I finish my prep even if my stool appears clear?

A: Yes. Sometimes there is stool in the upper parts of the colon that comes out with the last several sips of the prep, so you should always finish the prep as instructed.

 

Q: What if I encounter nausea and vomiting?

A: If you have a sensitive stomach and encounter nausea and vomiting, then pick up nausea medications to take during or before you start the prep process.

 

Q: I lost my instructions for preparation, what do I do?

A: Click here to view a copy of prep instructions. Please call the office if you have further questions.

 

Q: Can I still have my procedure if I am on my period?

A: Yes. For your comfort, we do suggest that you wear a tampon.

 

Q: Why can’t I drive myself home after my procedure?

A: Due to the type of sedation we use, your judgement and reflexes are impaired. Therefore, it is unsafe for you to operate a vehicle or machinery until the day after your procedure.

 

Q: Can I work the day of or after my procedure?

A: You will be back to normal the day after, so you can return to your usual schedule.