You have been scheduled for a colonoscopy at Duke Gastroenterology of Raleigh. This procedure is performed by passing a thin flexible tube through your large intestine to examine its lining. For this procedure you will receive intravenous moderate sedation.
Duke University Medical Center is following the recommendation of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), which now recommends splitting the dose of colonoscopy bowel preps.
The first dose to be taken the night before the colonoscopy, and the second dose to be taken the day of the procedure. This literature has shown to have a better prep quality, tolerance, and a decrease in missed cancers.
MiraLAX is a prep that does not require a prescription and has been shown to be equivalent to other GI preparations. If your physician has prescribed you a different colonoscopy prep, please follow his or her orders. It is very important you do not take two colonoscopy preps.
If you are scheduled for your procedure at our office, a nurse from our staff will call you prior to your procedure to review your health history, medication use and preparation instructions.
If your procedure is scheduled at Duke Raleigh Hospital, you may be required to speak with a hospital staff nurse or have a pretesting appointment.
If you are required to have a pretesting appointment, based on a review of your medical history and you do not follow up with the pretesting department at Duke Raleigh Hospital, your procedure may be canceled.
If you miss our call, please contact us promptly and ask to speak to a nurse concerning your procedure.
You will need to drink a laxative solution to clean your colon prior to your colonoscopy. You must drink the entire solution to ensure the most effective cleansing.
Read through these instructions completely before beginning the prep. If you have any questions,or if you have kidney disease or are on dialysis. A nurse will call you to review the instructions at least one week prior to your procedure.
If you experience nausea, slow down the pace of drinking or take a short break, then resume drinking.
Drinking clear liquids will help with your preparation.
Please call our GI Scheduling Hub at 919-684-6437 if you have questions, or visit Duke Gastroenterology for additional information.