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Bowel Preparation




Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation

In order to perform a colonoscopy it is imperative that the entire large intestine (colon) be clean.  Therefore, the preparation must be thorough and requires strict adherence to dietary restrictions and the instructions for taking the laxative product(s). There are more than one preparation available.  Please discuss which one is recommended for you with your physician. 

Sigmoidoscopy Bowel Preparation

Since this examination only involves the inspection of the lowest most portion of the colon it does not usually require the entire large intestine to be clean.  Most often, it is only necessary to take 1 or 2 phosphate-based (Fleet) or alternative type of enemas administered into rectum.  They are usually administered immediately before the examination is performed.