If I have an early morning appointment, do I really need to get up 6 hours prior to do the second half of my prep?

Yes, you will need to get up early. A split prep ensures a good clean out for the best possible colonoscopy.

How long does it take for the prep to start working?

People typically experience a bowel movement within a couple of hours of starting the prep, but this varies from person to person.

I don’t weigh much. Do I have to do the full prep?

Yes, you still need to do the full prep. Everyone’s colon is about the same length.

I have diarrhea. Do I need to drink the entire prep?

Even though you think your colon is clean, it is best to be sure by taking the preparation as prescribed.

I ate solid food the day prior to my colonoscopy, can I still have my procedure?

If you ate ANY solid food you will need to contact the office at 719-543-3500.

Question: What do I do if I feel nauseated, vomit the prep or feel too full to drink the rest of the prep?


Can I chew gum or have mints on the day of my procedure?

No, it can interfere with anesthesia.

Do I need to stop my blood pressure or seizure medication?

No, but you need to take it at least four hours prior to your procedure.

Why can’t I drive myself home after the procedure?

You will be given medicine that will make you sleepy for your procedure. This medicine impacts your judgment and reflexes. For medical and legal reasons, you may not drive yourself home after your procedure.

Can I take public transportation?

Public transportation is only allowed if you have a family member or friend present with you the entire time. You are required to have someone with you to sign you out of your procedure.

Can I have the colonoscopy done if I am having my menstrual period?

Yes, the procedure can still be performed.

Will I need antibiotics?

Only patients on Peritoneal Dialysis should receive antibiotics before a colonoscopy. If you have a prosthetic heart valve or had a previous joint replacement, the latest recommendations from the Gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular societies do not recommend the use of antibiotics for routine colonoscopy regardless of prosthetic devices.

How long will the test take?

The test takes about 30 minutes to complete, but please plan to spend about 2 hours.

When will I know my results?

After the colonoscopy, Dr. Vahil will speak to you briefly in the recovery area. If biopsies are taken or polyps are removed, it will take about two weeks for us to receive the result, we will either mail you a letter stating the results or you will have an office visit schedule.

When can I go back to normal activities?

Please take it easy the rest of the day after your procedure. You can resume normal activities the next day.

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