Preparing For The Procedure
Most individuals who undergo a colonoscopy describe the most undesirable part of the process as the preparation. A key requirement for a successful and smooth procedure is the emptying of the contents of the patient's colon. Several days before the procedure, a patient needs to consume a low-fiber diet. During the last twenty-four hours before the procedure, patients should only consume clear liquids like tea, broth, and juice.
The day before, the patient will drink a special liquid that stimulates unpleasant bowel-clearing diarrhea. The doctor may prescribe a strong laxative to help move the bowel-clearing process along better. This process results in forceful and frequent diarrhea. The episodes may or may not be accompanied by bloating, cramping, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting. The taste of these laxatives may be bitter and unpleasant. Thus, it is often recommended for the patient to mix it with drinks for easier consumption.