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Colonoscopy Pre Procedure Instructions

Please follow the instructions below prior to your colonoscopy.  Also be sure to follow the instructions for your specific bowel preparation prescribed by your physician.

Special Instructions if you take Diabetes or Blood Thinning Medications:

Please contact the provider who manages these before your procedure and ask them whether you should stop taking them before the procedure and for how long prior.

 

Eating and Drinking Instructions for ALL bowel preparations:

2 Days Before Your Procedure:

  • Do not eat foods high in Fiber. Examples are whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, nuts, seeds, quinoa, popcorn, and vegetables (cooked or raw)

 

1 Day Before Your Procedure:

  • Do not eat solid foods

  • Drink only “clear” liquids.  These include water, clear fat-free broth, gelatin, clear fruit juice such as apple or white grape.  You may have ice pops, carbonated beverages, sports drinks, tea, and coffee (you may add sugar)

  • Do not eat or drink dairy products

 

Day of your Procedure:

  • Do not eat solid foods.

  • Stop drinking clear liquids at least 2 hours before your scheduled arrival time

  • If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you must bring your vaccine card (or a copy of both sides) to your appointment or your appointment may be rescheduled and a $200 cancelation fee may be applied to your account.

 

Medication Instructions:

  • If you take daily medication, you may take this with sips of water before your scheduled arrival time.

  • If you have diabetes or take blood thinners, follow instructions by the health care provider who manages those medications.

If you have additional questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

The prescription for your preparation will be sent to your pharmacy one week prior to your procedure.

The directions on the Sutab box may differ from the directions below.  Follow these instructions.

  • Evening before your procedure (Start at 5pm)

    1. Open the 1st bottle of tablets (12 count)

      • Fill the provided container with 16-oz of water. 

      • Swallow 1 tablet every 1-2 minutes, flush with water.  You should finish all 12 tablets and 16-oz of water within 30 minutes.

      • You may consume additional water if needed.

      • Do NOT break or crush the tablets.

    2. Approximately 1 hour after taking the last tablet, fill the container with another 16-oz of water and drink over 30 minutes.

    3. Approximately 30 minutes after finishing the second container of water, fill the container again with 16-oz of water and drink over 30 minutes.

    4. Keep the container for the day of the procedure.

  • Day of your procedure (Start at least 6 hours before you arrive to the office)

    1. Open the 2nd bottle of tablets (12 count)

      • Fill the provided container with 16-oz of water. 

      • Swallow 1 tablet every 1-2 minutes, flush with water.  You should finish all 12 tablets and 16-oz of water within 30 minutes.

      • You may consume additional water if needed.

      • Do NOT break or crush the tablets.

    2. You MUST complete consumption of all Sutab tablets and water at least 3-4 hours prior to your procedure.

  • Two hours before you arrive to the office, stop drinking clear liquids.

Your physician may send your prescription for Sutab to Gifthealth Partners (staff will confirm with you).  In the event you need to reach them, their phone number is 1-833-614-4438.

Cancellations:

If you need to cancel your procedure, please call at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled procedure time. Failure to call 48 hours prior to your scheduled procedure will result in a $200 cancellation fee.

 

If you have any questions after reviewing these instructions, please call our office at (585) 271-2800.

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