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Procedure FAQ’s: Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or our practice. Please call us at: 303-604-5000

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How long does my MiraLAX bowel prep take to start working?

MiraLAX is a gentle bowel prep so please be prepared to wait 2-6 hours to see results. Please also be aware to drink the bowel prep in increments over a 1–2-hour period.

Why can’t I take all my prep at the same time instead of waking up early the next day?

Timing is very important when it comes to your bowel prep. The timing of the split prep has been proven to be the most effective in a clean bowel and an effective colonoscopy.

What is considered a clear stool?

If your stool has a slight tint of yellow or light brown, it is considered a clear stool. If your stool is not clear by 2 hours prior to your procedure, please call our office.

What should I do if I am not having bowel movements?

It can take up to 5-6 hours to experience your first bowel movements. Continue to drink clear liquids in the meantime. If you have not had a bowel movement by midnight the night before your procedure, please call our office as further instructions or prep may be needed to guarantee an effective colonoscopy.

What should I do if the prep is causing me to experience nausea?

Take a full 2 hours to drink the prep in smaller doses every 5-10 minutes while lying down in between doses. If your nausea worsens, please call out office.

What should I do if I am vomiting the prep?

Please call our office.

Is it normal to have a headache after starting the prep?

Once you start the liquid diet it is normal to experience minor headaches. Continue to stay hydrated with clear liquids. If your headache worsens greatly, please call our office.

What do I do if there is blood in my stool?

Please call our office.

What do I do if I am a diabetic and starting to feel dizzy after starting my prep?

Please call our office.

If I weigh under 100 pounds, can I do a limited prep?

Weight does not change the amount of liquids and bowel prep that need to be consumed to have a successful procedure.

Should I continue my clear liquid diet after starting the laxative prep?

Yes! We want you to consume a total of 64 ounces of clear liquids in addition to your laxative prep. A reminder to not have anything by mouth 2 hours prior to your procedure, including: gum, mints, water, etc.

Can I drink alcohol as a part of my liquid diet?

Please do not drink any alcohol while doing your prep, this dehydrates you and is not recommended before sedation.

I ate popcorn and seeds 3 days prior to my procedure, will I need to reschedule my appointment?

Seeds and nuts can cause difficulty with a screening and may require a rescreening, if you have eaten several servings, please call our office to consult if a reschedule is needed.

If I ate a breakfast, do I need to reschedule my procedure?

If you ate breakfast the day before your procedure, probably not. Please be prepared to drink extra clear liquids and proceed with the prep as instructed. If you ate breakfast the day of your procedure, please call our office to reschedule.

I am currently menstruating; will I need to reschedule my colonoscopy?

No, in fact menstrual bleeding does not interfere with your exam or your bowel prep.

Can I take Tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Yes! Until two hours prior to the procedure, you should take all medication as prescribed, except diabetic medication (as per prep instructions) and blood thinners as instructed by your doctor.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

We use two different types of anesthesia. The type we use will be determined based on your medical screening for safety. We use conscious sedation and non-conscious sedation.

Conscious sedation is a “twilight” sleep where people are carefully monitored and can be aroused from sleep during the procedure, but generally lose moments of time and have a hard time remembering details. This is the most common form of sedation.

During non-conscious sedation, we use stronger medicines, and this will depend on an individual’s history or medication use. We typically use propofol.

Who is monitoring my intake levels of anesthesia?

During conscious sedation, our Registered Nurses (RNs) monitor patients. RNs are supervised by our doctors.

During non-conscious sedation, patients are monitored by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), also supervised by our doctors.

How long does my procedure take?

Please be prepared to be in our offices for up to 2 hours. This is an estimate based on from when you enter our clinic to when you leave. Your procedure itself only takes about 20-40 minutes.

Will the bowel prep irritate my skin or my hemorrhoids?

In most cases it will not, but sometimes with diarrhea the skin and hemorrhoidal tissue can become inflamed. If this is the case you can try moist wipes instead of toilet paper, petroleum jelly, or over the counter medication such as Preparation H.

What standard tests are included with an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)?

There is no specific test that is standard with an EGD. Our doctors will visually inspect the area from your esophagus to your stomach, and down to your duodenum. If necessary, the doctor will take a sample and send it to a pathologist who determines if further testing is required.

What standard tests are included with a colonoscopy?

There is no specific test that is standard with a colonoscopy. Our doctors will visually inspect for damaged tissue and polyps, depending on the reason for the procedure. During a colonoscopy screening, if a polyp is found our doctors will take a sample and send it to a pathologist for further testing.

What is GI Genius?

GI Genius is a new artificial intelligence technology used to detect colorectal polyps. This technology has a 99.7% accuracy rate!

Why do I need a colonoscopy when I could do a stool test like Cologuard or a FIT test?

Cologuard only has a 42% advanced adenoma (polyp) detection rate while FIT only has a 30% detection rate. Cologuard can miss 1 in 13 colon cancers and FIT misses 1 in 5 colon cancers! A colonoscopy has a >95% detection rate. Colonoscopy is the only test that can treat polyps and prevents colon cancer. That is why it is considered the Gold Standard of care.

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