prep for a colonoscopy

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Nancysue
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prep for a colonoscopy

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Read some old posts on this subject but am still unclear. Do I need to swallow the bowel prep med and also do my regular irrigation process? Or does taking the bowel prep med, alone, suffice?
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ot dave
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Re: prep for a colonoscopy

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The prep will more than clean you out enough. No need to irrigate after the prep.

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Re: prep for a colonoscopy

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I was hoping that irrigation could be done instead of taking the oral bowel prep. I’m waiting to hear what my GI doc says. But are you saying I’ll have to do the oral bowel prep?

Should I just sit by the toilet with the irrigation sleeve on after taking the prep? I’m quadriplegic so I can’t empty the sleeve myself. Also, I will have to sit on a shower commode wheelchair because I have a loop colostomy and some could bypass the loop. I (my nurse) will probably irrigate down, since I haven’t irrigated in a couple years, and there is always stool in the rectum (irrigating is easier and safer than digging it out). It’s an end colostomy.

Would it make sense to irrigate (up) before the prep kicks in, to make the job easier? I think you are saying no.
Jan 2014 Permanent Loop Sigmoid Colostomy; 1985 C6 quadriplegia with suprapubic urinary catheter.
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ot dave
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I don't know about the particulars with a loop, but the bowel prep is very effective on its own to empty out the colon. No need to irrigate. You'd just spend time that you don't have to on the irrigation. And yes, I would just stay on the toilet with the irrigation sleeve on in your situation. Take something to do/keep you busy....you'll be there a while...
Hope that helps.

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steiconi
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Some doctors don't scope both...um, openings...for ostomates unless you ask.

The oral solution is much more thorough than irrigating.
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