Colon cancer screening is a must-have test for adults aged 45 and up who are at average cancer risk. Are you ready for your colon cancer screening test? Here’s what to know about preparing for your colonoscopy at North Shore Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Center.
Be on Time
We perform colonoscopies at our state-of-the-art facilities in Westlake and Brooklyn, OH. Be sure you know when to arrive for your screening, and come on time. Have your photo ID and insurance card available to present to the intake person at the clinic. This will ensure a smooth and quick check-in process.
Have Someone Accompany You
You will be sedated for your procedure, so you must have a responsible adult with you at our facility. They will drive you home after discharge since you won’t be able to do it yourself.
When you return home after your test, you should rest for the balance of the day, as you may be a bit gassy and tired. You can return to work and other activities the next day. You can eat whatever you like when you return home.
Review The Instructions For Your Colonoscopy
You will likely be directed to stop most vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications, and some prescriptions a full seven days before your colonoscopy. Your doctor will let you know which medications you can take the day before and the day of your procedure.
Carefully read the directions for your bowel preparation to be done the day before your test. This is critical to empty your colon, which is very important to have a successful colonoscopy. Contact your doctor’s office with any questions you have.
Do The Bowel Cleanse
Fast from all solid foods, alcohol, and darkly pigmented drinks for 24-48 hours prior to your test. This includes red and purple-dyed beverages, Jell-O, and popsicles. You can drink clear drinks with no pulp, broth, or water in any amount. Do not consume any beverages that are thick and/or opaque.
In the evening before the procedure, follow the directions for taking your laxative pills or suppositories and for drinking your liquid laxative. You will do this at prescribed intervals, following through with fasting from foods and drinks and taking additional liquid laxatives on the morning of your screening test, as indicated. Do not chew gum or smoke.
Over the course of your bowel prep, expect a series of bowel movements to eventually run clear. Continue to refrain from food, smoking, and colored drinks.
Colon Cancer Screening in Westlake And Brooklyn, OH
At North Shore Gastroenterology & Endoscopy Centers, our 10 board-certified doctors routinely perform colon cancer screenings. We want our patients safe and well-informed about preventive measures they can take to keep their GI tract functional and healthy.