Your Health Lindsay Guinaugh | 3 years ago

Top 3 Colonoscopy Prep Tips

A colonoscopy is often used as a preventive screening for colon cancer. During the procedure, doctors look for abnormal tissue or polyps, but when there is residual stool in the colon, visualization can be impaired and polyps can be missed. The key to avoiding this colonoscopy blunder is a successful bowel prep.

We asked Amit Aravapalli, MD, a gastroenterologist at Mecklenburg Medical Group, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, to share his colonoscopy prep recommendations.

Top 3 Prep Tips

1) Eat a low -residue diet

Stick to a low-residue diet (low fiber) on the day of the procedure and even the day before. By eating foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt or soup, your body will have an easier time during the night of the prep. RELATED: Prepping for a Colonoscopy? Try a Low-Residue Diet

2) Mix and chase

Mix the prep drink with any sort of clear soda or flavored water, drink it through a straw, and suck on lemon slices or popsicles to help move the prep along.

3) Hydrate

Obviously, during the prep, you’re getting rid of a lot of fluid along with stool, so it’s easy to get dehydrated, which is often the reason people don’t feel well during the prep. So it’s important to adequately replace fluids by drinking plenty of water in addition to the prep drink you are consuming. To schedule a colonoscopy or to find out if you’re at risk for developing colon cancer, call 704-512-6920 or visit