Posted By Author on April 25, 2022
Your colonoscopy is a simple procedure, but it is important to follow your GI specialist’s instructions before and after your visit. While colonoscopy prep often receives more attention, there are a few things to keep in mind following your procedure as well. For instance a common question is, “What Can I Eat After A Colonoscopy?”
Here’s what you need to know:
For a few days leading up to your colonoscopy, try to follow a low-fiber diet. Then, the day before your procedure, avoid solid food altogether and stick to a clear liquid diet.
The following clear liquids are approved:
Note: Do not eat or drink ANYTHING the morning of your colonoscopy.
Your gastroenterologist will likely recommend consuming easily digestible foods to allow your colon to recover. Fatty, rich foods and those with a high fiber content, for instance, should be avoided.
These foods are healthy options to enjoy for about a day after your procedure:
These drinks can help keep you hydrated:
In the hours following your colonoscopy, avoid these foods:
It is best to avoid these beverages as well:
A colonoscopy is a procedure performed to detect abnormalities in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. During your colonoscopy, a GI specialist will insert a long, flexible tube with a light and video camera attached into your rectum. This allows for a thorough inspection of the inside of your colon and rectum in real time. It also provides the opportunity for your gastroenterologist to take tissue samples or remove polyps if necessary.
Who Needs A Colonoscopy? Is There A Certain Age?
The American Cancer Society now recommends colon cancer screening for all adults at an average risk of colorectal cancer starting at age 45. Patients with a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors, may be advised to start regular screenings earlier.
Be sure to follow your GI doctor’s instructions carefully to properly prepare for your colonoscopy.
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