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.