To prepare for your colonoscopy, there are a number of important steps you must take.
If you are taking Coumadin® (Warfarin), Plavix®, Lovenox®, Aggrenox®, Pradaxa®, Effient® or any other blood thinning medication, make sure you know if and when you are to stop these medications. Please contact your doctor if you are unsure.
Arrange in advance for transportation home. You may not drive for the rest of the day following your colonoscopy. You must have a driver, whom you know, pick you up after your exam. If you do not have someone to drive you home your procedure will be canceled. You may take a taxi or other car service only if you are accompanied by a responsible adult. The colonoscopy will last about two hours from the time you arrive to the time you go home.
In addition, there are a number of dietary considerations as your prepare for your exam. You should purchase a Prepopik© kit and use it along with a set of detailed instructions on what to eat and drink in the days leading up to the exam.
The success of the exam depends on your colon being empty of fecal matter. The end result should be clear or pale, colorful (typically yellow) liquid. Please complete the bowel preparation as instructed. Contact the doctor’s office at (707) 541-7900 if you experience any difficulties, or have concerns with the bowel preparation. An on-call gastroenterologist (doctor) is available during non-office hours at (707) 541-7900.