When some people think of colonoscopy, one of the first things they think of is the “prep,” meaning the dietary preparation that’s required before the exam.
The day before the exam, patients are required to follow a clear-liquid diet and take a gentle laxative.
The goal of colonoscopy prep is to get the colon as clean as possible, so doctors can see as much as possible when they’re looking for colon cancers and abnormal areas during the examination.
Colonoscopy prep is necessary — and fortunately, there’s no reason to fret over it anymore.
Thanks to major improvements, preparing for a colonoscopy is light years away from what it used to be — and much better-tasting, too.
To clear the entire colon — which is about five feet long and includes the small and large intestines and the rectum — doctors provide patients with a list of instructions that includes taking the laxative and the specifics for the clear-liquid diet.
In recent years, colonoscopy preparation has become much easier, with better-tasting drinks and laxatives that are easier to digest — which, quite frankly, helps the entire process go as smoothly as possible.
Is it time for your colonoscopy?
Most people begin receiving a regular colonoscopy at age 50. Speak with your doctor to see if it’s time for your colonoscopy. You may qualify for our direct-access colonoscopy, which allows you to fast-track your screening by scheduling your colonoscopy without the need for a pre-procedure appointment.
To schedule an appointment, call 1-833-262-6793.
Learn more about colorectal cancer and the benefits of receiving a colonoscopy at tanner.org/cancer-care.