Many people dread the preparation required for a colonoscopy. There are many factors involved in the performance of a high quality colonoscopy, and one of the most critical factors is the adequacy of the bowel preparation. The quality of the prep can impact the difficulty, speed, and completeness of the examination.

Dr. Schub has worked hard to improve the prep process as much as possible, with an aim towards reducing the burden on patients and helping more patients obtain a successful colonoscopy. The prep currently consists primarily of Miralax, a tasteless laxative which you will mix into a clear beverage of your choice, and four laxative pills. Since we began using this prep, we have witnessed a reduction in prep-related complaints without a reduction in the quality of the preps. It is important to read through the entire colonoscopy prep instructions well before your procedure date. That way you will know what to expect and can get any questions you may have answered in advance.

A colonoscopy can detect colon cancer before it has spread to other parts of the body. It can also find and remove polyps, growths that can develop into colon cancer. Colon and rectal cancers are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, making colonoscopy one of the most important screening tools we have in our fight against cancer. If you have questions about whether you are due for a colonoscopy please call the office today to discuss further with a  provider.