FAQs

What are clear liquids during the bowel preparation?

Recommended clear liquids are: water, tea, black coffee, apple juice, white grape juice, cranberry juice, bouillon, Gatorade, soda and jello. Preferable NOTHING with red color in it. (Dairy products, juices with pulp or any solid food/liquid is NOT a clear liquid).

Do I have to drink all of the bowel preparation?

The cleaner the colon the more effective your physician can view the colon tissue. ¬†You should try to get down as much as possible of your prescribed bowel preparation the night before your procedure. Sometimes changing the temperature of the liquid, drinking through a straw, adding some “flavor” of clear liquids, taking smaller sips over a longer period of drinking can help with completing your bowel preparation.

What is the difference between diverticulosis and diverticulitis?

Diverticulosis is a condition where pouches in your colon (large intestine) bulge through weak spots in the outer colon wall. A majority of adults have some form of diverticulosis. Diverticulitis is when the pouches become inflamed or infected; a more serious ailment. Most people do not develop diverticulitis.
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