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1.  How quickly will the diarrhea start after drinking the mixture?

2.  I have constipation. Should I add anything to this preparation?

3.  How long will the procedure take?

4.  Can I drive after the colonoscopy?

5.  Will I have pain after the procedure?

6.  How will I learn the results of my test?

7.  What do I do if snow or dangerous weather makes traveling difficult?

8.  What do I do if I need to cancel the appointment?


1.  How quickly will the diarrhea start after drinking the mixture?

Typically, diarrhea begins 1 to 3 hours after starting to drink the fluid. However, some patients take longer to start having diarrhea. If you see no results after drinking the evening dose, your colon may be sluggish and the diarrhea might occur in the morning. Take the 2nd dose of the Phospho-soda liquid the morning of the procedure, as directed. If there are still no results, arrive for your appointment 30 minutes early and report to the nurse.

 

2.  I have constipation. Should I add anything to this preparation?

You may use a mild laxative, such as milk of magnesia, on the day before your procedure. It is best to take the laxative at 12:00pm. Please follow the instructions on the bottle.

 

3.  How long will the procedure take?

The procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes but may take longer if a polyp is removed or a biopsy is taken. If your procedure is at the hospital, you should be prepared to spend several hours at the Endoscopy suite.

 

4.  Can I drive after the colonoscopy?

You may ~ drive the day of the procedure. This is because we will give you medication to help you relax during the procedure. Please bring a driver with you or arrange for alternative transportation (i.e. taxi, Jaunt bus, etc.).

 

5.  Will I have pain after the procedure?

Most patients experience mild abdominal cramping after the procedure. This usually resolves within several hours once the gas passes out of the colon. If you have severe pain for more than 24 hours, call the doctor.

 

6.  How will I learn the results of my test?

The doctor will discuss the preliminary results of your test with you on the day of the exam. If a biopsy was performed, we will call the results to you as soon as your doctor reviews the results. You will also receive a letter from the doctor explaining his findings.

 

7.  What do I do if snow or dangerous weather makes traveling difficult?

An emergency weather team has been assembled to assure our offices will open at 8:00 AM. In the extremely rare situation where it is too dangerous for the emergency team to travel, patients will receive a telephone call from the office by 7:00 AM if the appointment needs to be rearranged for later that ay. If do not receive a telephone call, you should plan on coming to the office at your scheduled ime.

 

8.  What do I do if I need to cancel the appointment? Simply call our office at 718-821-0643. A member of our scheduling team will be happy to rearrange the appointment for you. Please keep in mind, due the nature of the test, and the required preparation time, it is difficult for our office to schedule another patient in your place on short notice. Therefore, Cancellation will charge $100 to accounts where notice was not provided within 72 business hours.