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Why A Low Fiber Diet Before Colonoscopy?

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Why A Low Fiber Diet Before Colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy is a procedure in which the inside lining of the large intestine (colon) is examined.

It can be used to determine any abnormal changes in the colon wall, such as cancer. The risk for precancerous polyps increases with age, and this procedure is often done on older adults or people who have symptoms that suggest they might have bowel disease.

When you go to your gastroenterologist for your colonoscopy, your doctor may recommend that you follow special instructions before the test to produce detailed, well-labeled images during the exam. This process is known as “bowel preparation.” It usually involves drinking a liquid laxative beforehand to cleanse (washout) the colon.

One type of bowel prep is known as “low residue.” This means that the laxative solution does not contain fiber. A low-residue solution allows more water to get into the stool, so it liquefies better and is flushed out of your body more efficiently during the procedure.

After drinking a low-residue solution, you may be asked to move your bowels one more time before your colonoscopy to ensure all residue has been passed from your body.

You were drinking a low residue bowel preparation before your colonoscopy will lower risks of complications, including bowel perforation or bleeding after the procedure for people with pre-existing gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, and people over the age of 65.


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