If you shudder at the thought of having to prep for a colonoscopy, chances are it’s mainly the “prep” that’s stoking your apprehension. It’s certainly a major inconvenience, getting ready for the procedure takes much longer — 16.5 hours, on average — than the time you’ll spend at a medical center the day of your cancer test (about three hours).
But the worst is the purgative part — taking a powerful bowel-clearing substance and coping with the resulting diarrhea, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, severe migraines and nausea. Yes, the prep for colonoscopy is not fun the hospital way.
If the colon prep isn’t up to par, polyps and lesions can be missed; the test may take longer or the whole process may need to be repeated.
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Please let your Dr. know first how you plan to prep. You have the option of doing a Virtual CT Colonoscopy with Dr. Blanchett at Front Range Imaging or the Standard Colonoscopy with the Doctors at Gastro of the Rockies here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. These doctors all know about me and what I do.
Nauseating with a chance of a migraine. Explosive diarrhea.
Painfree, Fast & Easy!
To read about what the Danbury Hospital in Connecticut has to say about Prep for Colonoscopy click here.
My Colonoscopy Prep is so much easier.
The day before your colonoscopy is when you will start the prep. This is not any different from the hospitals way, however you will start your actual toilet time in the evening not all day long. So go to work and do all the things you would normally do. That night at 5 p.m., take 10 oz. of a liquid. At 7 p.m, take 4 tablets. (I will have the instructions sent to you in an email or over the phone). Day of procedure, Colon Hydrotherapy, this is done about 2 hours before the actual colonoscopy, then it is off to the hospital of your choice for your screening. You can either choose Virtual or Standard. I am bringing this method of preparation to Colorado and I need your help! So many of my clients have said to me that they wished they had known about this method of preparation when they had their test, but now they know where to go for the next one!
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the best weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Colon Cancer in our country is ranked #3 of all the cancers. Check out this very informative website by Relda Engelmann, a friend of mine, who has a history of colon cancer. She gets checked regularly!
Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who have no symptoms of the disease. Remember you will not know that this disease has struck.
Cancer doesn't just come out of the blue. It usually takes about 10 to 15 years for the abnormal cells to start to grow into polyps or colorectal cancer. Why does screening help? It will detect in the early stages when the cancer is still highly curable.
"Health & Sickness have their Roots in the Colon" Dr. Norman Walker, author of Colon Health.
This is what the gastroenterologist sees when you are getting your colonoscopy. These polyps will be sniped and sent off to be biopsied, with the standard colonoscopy.
People who have no identified risk factors (other than age) should begin regular screening at age 50. Please don't put it off. Those who have a family history or other risk factors for colorectal polyps or cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease, should talk with their doctor about starting screening at a younger age and/or getting screened more frequently.
There's a good chance that you may have absolutely nothing wrong with your colon. However, you need to know that the peace of mind is worth well more than the short-term hassle of the colonoscopy."
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