Colonoscopy Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to start the preparation at 3:00 pm?
This is the preferred time to start as it takes several hours to finish the prep. We realize, however, that you may work until later than this time. If so, you can begin taking your preparation as soon as you get home but realize that the later you start, the later you’ll be up going to the bathroom.
What can I do to improve the taste of the solution that I have to drink?
All the solutions have a salty aftertaste. You can try any one or all of these suggestions to improve or overcome this taste:
- Hold hard candy in your mouth while drinking the solution.
- Chase each glass with swallows of another beverage (juice, Coke, etc.).
- Suck on a Popsicle or sucker while drinking the solution.
- Chew flavored gum while drinking the solution.
What can I do if I become nauseous, experience cramping or vomiting occurs?
Stop drinking the solution and wait for 30-45 minutes. Let your system settle down. Try drinking small sips of Coke or other beverage. If you received a prescription for Reglan/Metoclopramide and you haven’t already taken the second pill, take it now as it decreases nausea and empties the stomach faster. Begin the solution again, using some of the suggestions above if the flavor is the problem.
How long after I drink the liquid should I begin having bowel movements?
Everyone is different in the amount of time that it takes the purgative (laxative) to work. Some people begin to stool in the first hour, others not until the fourth hour or later. Activity is helpful in stimulating the bowel so, if possible, do not sit and wait for the bowel to act – remain active.
What happens if I can’t drink all of the solution?
In order to perform the colonoscopy and achieve the best results for you, it is important to drink all of the solution in the set amount of time. In the event that you have tried everything suggested and still cannot complete the preparation, please call 547-1718.
What if I forgot to stop my Aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication?
If you forgot to stop taking your aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication, continue to prepare for your procedure as planned, but do not take any additional ASA or anti-inflammatory drugs. Inform the nurse and physician of your last dose of medication just prior to the start of your procedure.
Examples of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs are: Advil, Aleve, Goody Powders, Motrin, Ecotrin, Feldene, Tolectin, Relafen, Indocin, Naprosyn, DayPro, Clinoril, Lodine or Nalfon. Be sure to read labels on over-the-counter medications to determine the presence of any of these ingredients: ASA (Acetylsalicylic Acid), Ibuprofen, and Naproxen Sodium, and do not take them for the 5 days prior to your procedure. If you are still unsure, consult your pharmacist.
What kind of anesthesia will I receive?
You will receive conscious sedation (a combination of a narcotic and a sedative) for your procedure, not general anesthesia. Conscious sedation is a depressed state of consciousness which will allow you to be very calm and relaxed but not unconscious. You are breathing on your own and carefully monitored at all times.
Why does someone need to be there while I have my procedure done?
Endoscopic procedures are generally safe, but due to the risk of possible complications associated with the procedure(s) and anesthesia, it is our policy that someone be present during the procedure who will act as your spokesperson should the need arise for emergency intervention.
Why do I need a driver the day of the exam?
The medicines used for conscious sedation cause delayed reflexes, impair thinking and judgment, and have some amnesic effect, therefore affecting your ability to drive safely. Even though you may feel alright, you are instructed to refrain from driving, operating any type of machinery, making any critical decisions, or signing any legal documents until the day following the procedure.
What should I bring with me on the day of the procedure?
You will need to bring your insurance card(s) with you. Leave jewelry, purses and wallets at home. Wear loose fitting, easily removed clothing (e.g. no pantyhose or girdles).
Can I wear my dentures?
Yes, you may wear your dentures. However, you may be asked to remove them prior to your procedure.
Can I wear my contact lenses?
We advise that you leave your contact lenses at home and wear your glasses instead. If you do wear you lenses, you may be asked to remove them prior to your procedure so please bring a case for them and also a pair of glasses to wear after your procedure.
Can I have the colonoscopy done if I am having my menstrual period
Yes, your procedure can still be performed.
What will happen after the procedure is completed?
Upon completion of your procedure, your physician will review the findings, follow-up care instructions, and treatment recommendations with you and your driver/care partner. It is important for your driver/care partner to realize that you may not remember anything in great detail due to the effects of the anesthesia. He/she will need to be able to review this information with you later. A member of our nursing staff will attempt to contact you the next business day following your procedure to check on your progress. However, if we cannot reach you, and you have not called with any problems, we will assume that you did not have any problems.
How long will I be there on the day of the procedure?
While this is difficult to estimate, you will be here for approximately 2-3 hours on the day of your procedure. We require you to arrive an hour before your procedure is scheduled to begin (unless otherwise specified), in order to complete the pre-admission process. A colonoscopy may take anywhere from ten minutes to an hour depending if polyps are encountered and need to be removed. Once completed, the procedure requires patients to be monitored for a minimum of 30 minutes before discharge. The physicians and staff make every effort to start your procedure in a timely manner, but there are sometimes unpredictable delays due to complicated or lengthy procedures, or other unforeseen events. We appreciate your patience.
How do I get the results of my biopsy?
If you have a biopsy or polypectomy, we will mail you a letter with your results and any follow-up instructions within 3 weeks of your procedure.
Is the LeBauer Endoscopy Center part of LeBauer HealthCare?
No. Although located within the LeBauer HealthCare building and managed by the LeBauer Gastroenterologists, the Center is an independent, freestanding ambulatory care center, and is not part of your doctor’s office. This is important to know as it affects how you and your insurance company will be billed for the procedure(s).
Why would I receive more than one bill for my procedure?
You may expect to receive the following type of bills when you have a procedure done at LeBauer Endoscopy Center:
- The LeBauer Endoscopy Center will bill a facility fee for use of the procedure room, medications and supplies.
- Your physician, who is associated with LeBauer HealthCare, will bill a professional fee for performing the procedure.
- Depending on the findings of your procedure, it may be necessary to perform a biopsy or polypectomy. If so, you will receive a bill from Greensboro Pathology for analyzing the tissue specimens.
Who do I call if I have questions?
For questions relating to your preparation or procedure, please call 547-1718.
In severe weather, please call 547-1721 for possible opening hour changes.