If you’re getting a colonoscopy soon, you’re probably wondering about how you need to prepare beforehand. All patients undergo a bowel prep to make sure their colon is clean of any substances before a colonoscopy. This process is a must for the colonoscopy to be successful.
The usual method of preparing for a colonoscopy can involve a few days of dietary restrictions. However, what if you could complete your preparations in a single day? Fortunately, you can get alternative bowel preparation here at Austin Gastroenterology!
What Does The Usual Bowel Preparation Entail?
When preparing for your procedure with a traditional bowel prep, you will have to undergo a strict diet. A few days before your colonoscopy, your doctor will put you into a low fiber diet. During the days leading up to your procedure, you will not be allowed to consume whole grains, nuts, raw fruits, or vegetables.
The day before your colonoscopy, your doctor will prohibit you from eating solid foods. The only things you are allowed to consume are liquids. Ask your doctor for a comprehensive list of beverages you can drink. Typically, colonoscopy patients are allowed to drink:
- Light colored juices
- Black coffee
During the day of your colonoscopy, your doctor will advise you not to eat or drink anything.
If you have diabetes, your doctor will give you diabetic prep instructions. They will advise you when to adjust or stop any medications. They will also check your blood glucose levels before the procedure to determine if you show signs of low or high blood sugar.
HyGIPrep: Alternative Bowel Preparation
Here at Austin Gastroenterology, we offer a bowel prep called HyGIprep. This alternative bowel preparation is part of the HyGIeaCare System.
What Is HyGIprep?
HyGIprep provides patients with a simple, comfortable, and convenient bowel prep. It eliminates the need for days of stringent dietary restrictions. It is fast—HyGIprep only takes less than an hour to complete. You also won’t have to take a day off from work to prepare for your colonoscopy. You can have your HyGIprep done on the same day as your colonoscopy!
Aside from being convenient, it also makes bowel prep easier for patients who will find it challenging to follow the traditional method. These individuals include:
- People with diabetes who cannot tolerate a liquid diet
- Patients with dementia
- Elderly patients and nursing home residents
- Hygienic-impaired individuals
- People who cannot drink large amounts of liquid
How Does HyGIprep Work?
Upon setting up an appointment, the HyGIprep team will schedule your procedure. They will provide you with patient instructions. A few days before your colonoscopy, they will contact you to review these instructions.
Your procedure will be done at a HyGIeaCare center. In a private room in their clinic, you will take a seat on a basin while your Prep Tech inserts a nozzle into the rectum. All equipment is sanitized beforehand, and the nozzle is lubricated to ensure a discomfort-free insertion. This nozzle will release warm water into your colon to clean it.
This process will take about an hour. Your Prep Tech will inform you once the HyGIprep is complete. After HyGIprep, your colon is clean and ready for a colonoscopy.
Advantages Of HyGIprep
The FDA has cleared the HyGIeaCare Prep System. HyGIprep is a safe and effective alternative bowel preparation. Its safety, efficacy, and convenience are the reasons why many patients prefer it to the traditional bowel prep.
Compared to the traditional bowel prep, HyGIprep also has fewer expected adverse events and effects. These advantages include:
- Higher adenoma detection rates
- Shorter procedural time
- Higher cecal intubation rates
- Decreased electrocautery risk
- Longer intervals between examinations
HyGIprep usually results in a cleaner bowel for colonoscopy. A completely clean bowel is crucial to getting accurate findings for any medical issues in the large intestine.
At Austin Gastroenterology, we guarantee that your Prep Tech will perform your HygiPrep with the utmost professionalism. We will provide your gastroenterologist with an adequately prepared bowel to achieve optimal clinical results.
Alternative Bowel Preparation In Austin, TX
The HyGIeaCare System offers an easier, more convenient, and hygienic alternative bowel preparation. If you cannot tolerate the traditional method or want a more convenient bowel prep, HyGIprep is for you. With HyGIprep, you can be sure that your colonoscopy will be a success.
Don’t like the inconvenience and restrictions of a typical bowel prep? Contact our providers to schedule a consultation or to arrange a HyGIprep procedure. We have many locations in Austin for your convenience. You may request an appointment online.
We look forward to being your gastroenterology partner!