Depend on the place where the procedure is held, diet before colonoscopy may be applied to the patient 4 to 2 days prior to the colonoscopy. This diet is very important to guaranty the successfulness of the procedure. The main goal of the diet is to make the colon clear from solid foods that lead to optimal observation so real condition inside colon can give information as it hoped.
Colonoscopy is a medical procedure to exam the inside part of our colon using a long, flexible tube with tiny camera and lamp on the tip, called a colonoscope. Along the procedure, the colonoscope will insert to the colon through anus, the camera is connected to the monitor where the doctor observe the real condition inside colon’s patient.
The procedure is common to diagnose digestive tract related disease with several symptoms such as major changes in bowel habits, steady abdominal pain, bleeding from the rectum or blood in stool, and unknown weigh loss. It is a standard procedure to diagnose colon cancer, peptic ulcer and polyps in the colon.
Diet before colonoscopy: Recommended foods
Four to two days before the procedure, patient should take diet before colonoscopy. At this time, solid foods including foods with high dietary fiber such as vegetables and fruits start to reduce. Foods with high-fat also restricted. Low fiber and fats foods such as skinless potatoes, cheese, eggs, light clear broth, and stemmed fish are strongly recommended. Right before the colonoscopy procedure, nothing foods should be taken to make sure the clearness of the colon.
Recommended fluid sources
Increase fluid intake is strongly recommended, and the best fluid source is water. People with diet before colonoscopy strongly encourage take six to eight glass of water a day. Coffee without creamer, tea and soda are allowed in moderation. The presence of cream including milk on the diet because it may interfere the observation.
Beverages with red, blue and purple color are totally restricted. Those dyes from the beverages may mask the colon wall and may confuse the observation since it can change the color of colon wall and may confuse the blood color. Avoid consume alcohol before and after the procedure since the sedative may left for 24 hour.
It’s important to follow diet before colonoscopy instruction to ensure the best result of the observation. Just like other medical procedure, this colonoscopy may result in complications such as punctures to the large intestine. Luckily this complication is very rare.