1. Health
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

How Do I Prepare For a Colonoscopy?

Learn the Importance of Properly Preparing for a Colonoscopy Exam

By

Updated April 29, 2014

 

What Should You Expect When Preparing for Colonoscopy?

If you need to prepare for a colonoscopy, you'll want to know what to expect.

Preparing For Colonoscopy

To prepare for a colonoscopy, you will need to clear everything out of your colon. As you might have guessed, this means taking laxatives and possibly giving yourself an enema to remove all stool before the colonoscopy.

This is the most important part of colonoscopy preparation. If your colon is not completely empty, the doctor will not be able to see your colon clearly. He or she could miss adenomas and polyps – the small growths that need to be removed to reduce the risk of later developing colon cancer – or other signs of cancer.

More Important Tips on How Not to Dread Colon Cancer Screening

 

Steps to Take One Week Before Colon Cancer Screening

Steps to Take Two Days Before Colon Cancer Screening

Steps to Take One Day Before Colon Cancer Screening

What to Expect on the Day of Colon Cancer Screening

Sources

Gastroenterology of the Rockies Colonoscopy Pep Talk. Accessed: January 29, 2009.
http://gastrorockies.org/English/Pep_Talk/What_Its_Like.html

The American Cancer Society Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy. Accesed: January 29, 2009.
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_6x_Frequent_Questions_About_Colonoscopy_and_Sigmoidoscopy.asp

WikiHealth How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy. Accessed: January 29, 2009.
http://www.wikihealth.com/How_to_prepare_for_a_colonoscopy

Related Video
See What to Expect at a Colonoscopy
  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Colon Cancer
  4. Colon Cancer Screening and Tests
  5. How Do I Prepare For a Colonoscopy?

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.