What? With New Routine, Colonoscopy Prep Isn’t Half Bad

Colonoscopy
Print icon

Nearly 90 percent of people say that prepping for a colonoscopy is what scares them the most about this important test. They may have heard horror stories from their friends, or simply imagine that frequent trips to the bathroom are not something they’re interested in.

But there’s good news: Colonoscopy prep has improved over the last five years.

Here’s why. According to Dr. Joseph Ianello, a gastroenterologist at Hartford Hospital’s Digestive Health Center, today’s prep involves drinking about half as much liquid as it used to.

“We’ve done as much as we can to make this better,” he said. “Patients do not have to drink the gallon jug of liquid they may remember. The majority of people respond to half-liter preps. We’re working every day to keep the volume low.”

Doctors have patients drink half the evening before their test and the other half the next morning, not all at once, like it used to be.

The second thing people comment on is the taste. There are now some flavor options like grape, mango and fruit punch. Most preps are mixed with water, but depending on which kind your doctor prescribes, you may also be able to mix your prep with Gatorade or flavored water.

There are several preps available on the market, and some differ in the way they work. “Doctors take many things into account when they make their decision. For example, some may not be ideal for people with kidney or heart problems,” said Dr. Ianello.

And what about a prep in the form of a pill? There is one pill prep available; however, the oral version was taken off the market for being unsafe for the kidneys.

When it comes to colonoscopy, Dr. Ianello says the two most important things are a good prep and the doctor taking his or her time during the procedure.

“When the colon is clean, the exam is better, and it’s more likely we can tell people to come back at the proper time, which is either 3, 5 or 10 years,” he said.”

Medical advances happen every day. Companies who work on colonoscopy prep are continuing to find ways to decrease the volume of liquid patients have to drink. Still, the prep is not a good reason to put off having your colonoscopy. Colonoscopy, which uses a flexible tube called a colonoscope with an attached camera to examine the  large intestine and rectum, is the single best way we can prevent and detect colon cancer. No prep is scarier than a cancer diagnosis.

To learn more about colonoscopy and schedule one at a Digestive Health Center location near you, click here.

 

 

 


What's New

Opioids

Connecticut’s drug-related deaths up 18 percent in 2019

The numbers tell a sobering story – after a dip in deaths from drug overdoses in 2018, Connecticut recorded 1,200, or 18 percent more, drug-related deaths in 2019, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The one stagnant piece of information in the equation, however, is the fact...


World Lymphedema Day is March 6th

On Friday, March 6th, therapists from Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network will be on hand at several locations throughout the state to provide information about lymphedema services in recognition of World Lymphedema Day.  In preparation for the event, Linda Hodgkins, MS OTR/L CLT-LANA, Clinical Program Manager for HHCRN’s lymphedema services, answers...


11th Healthy Family FunFest set for Feb. 23

Now celebrating its 11th year, Healthy Family FunFest will provide thousands of visitors access to information about healthy living, fitness, health screenings and a wide variety of resources, services, demonstrations, hands-on learning, friendly challenges, and interactive activities. This free event features more than 100 tables showcasing Hartford HealthCare service lines...

UHart

Hartford HealthCare to Provide Health Services for UHart Students

Hartford HealthCare and the University of Hartford have announced a partnership for the health system to provide health services to students.  Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Flaks was joined by University President Greg Woodwood and  UHart alum and Hartford HealthCare staff member Latasha Raineault during halftime of...

Dr. Elena Bortan

Movement Disorders Care Comes to Mystic

Much as the design of the new Hartford HealthCare facility at 100 Perkins Farms Drive in Mystic reflects the vibe of coastal community, the location of specialists from the HHC Ayer Neuroscience Institute’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center to the facility answers a demand for high-quality care and support in...