Do not wait until the day before your procedure to read them, as you need to start preparing several days before hospital.
It’s important that your bowel is completely empty before your procedure, and some doctors describe a good evacuation as “like driving through a road on a sunny day”, while a poorly emptied colon will be like “driving in a blizzard”.
Not following bowel prep instructions can impact the success of the procedure or it may need to be rescheduled.
To empty your colon, Dr MacDermid will ask you to follow a special diet a few days in the lead up to the procedure.
- A week before stop taking iron tablets, fish oil tablets and avoid high fibre foods (breads, seeds etc)
- Three days out, soft foods such as scrambled eggs and white bread will be permitted. Avoid all crunchy foods such as wholegrains, nuts, seeds, popcorn, crackers and chips. Meat and dairy foods are permitted.
- 24 hours before a morning procedure food and drinks will be limited to clear or “see through” liquids such as water, tea and coffee without milk or cream and broth. Permitted foods can include jelly, popsicles, fruit juices without the pulp eg apple or orange, jelly that is lemon, lime or orange only (no red foods or drinks which can be mistaken as blood).
- The day of the procedure as on the previous day, drink clear liquid foods only and drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
- Don’t eat or drink anything two hours before the procedure.
Please discuss with Dr MacDermid if you take any medications or hebal supplements or vitamins including diabetes medications, blood thinning medications or any other blood thinning medications such as fish oil.
You will also need to stock up on bowel prep, popsicles, soft toilet paper and reading materials (you’ll be on the loo a lot). You may also want to buy some baby wipes and soothing cream.