Colonoscopy

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an exam of your colon (large intestine). A colonoscopy procedure is performed using a colonoscope, a long flexible tube that permits visualization of the lining of the large bowel. The instrument is inserted via the rectum and guided through the length of the colon. if the doctor sees a suspicious area, a biopsy can be done to make a diagnosis.

 

During your procedure, your doctor can:

  • Remove a small sample of tissue (biopsy) for testing

  • Remove a polyp (growth of tissue)

  • Take photos of the inside of your colon

Colonoscopies are advised for all patients, age 50 and older, as a method of color cancer screening.

What to expect

Have someone drive you or be available to drive you home the day of the procedure. Due to the sedation, you will not be allowed to drive yourself. Somebody responsible for you can accompany you in a taxi, but no public transport is allowed. This is for your own safety. Your procedure will be canceled if you do no have a ride.

It is recommended that you do not go back to work, do any strenuous exercise, drive, or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after the procedure.

Prep Instructions

Colonoscopy Instructions with SUPREP® Bowel Prep Kit.

This information will help you get ready for your colonoscopy using a SUPREP® Bowel Prep Kit. Dr. Nullman will give you a prescription for the kit.

Follow these instructions carefully. It’s very important that your colon is empty for your colonoscopy. If there’s stool inside your colon, Dr. Nullman may not be able to see polyps or other problems inside your colon and you may have to repeat the procedure. If you have any questions, contact the office at 305.534.4404

7 Days Before 

Avoid certain foods

You should follow a low-fiber diet starting 3 days before your colonoscopy. During this time, do not eat:

  • Raw (fresh) fruits and vegetables.

  • Whole kernel corn, including canned corn

  • Whole grains (such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, or wheat bread)

  • Seeds (such as poppy or sesame)

  • Nuts

3 Days Before 

Avoid certain foods

You should follow a low-fiber diet starting 3 days before your colonoscopy. During this time, do not eat:

  • Raw (fresh) fruits and vegetables.

  • Whole kernel corn, including canned corn

  • Whole grains (such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, or wheat bread)

  • Seeds (such as poppy or sesame)

  • Nuts

Day of your Procedure

2 hours before time of arrival

You should follow a low-fiber diet starting 3 days before your colonoscopy. During this time, do not eat:

  • Raw (fresh) fruits and vegetables.

  • Whole kernel corn, including canned corn

  • Whole grains (such as oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, or wheat bread)

  • Seeds (such as poppy or sesame)

  • Nuts

Contact Information 

If you have any questions or concerns, Please contact our office. 

You can reach us Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 305-534-4404, or leave us a message via our website.

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