The day of your Colonoscopy

Dr. Kolachalam, The day of your Colonoscopy


A colonoscopy is a surgical procedure. You will be sedated for the exam. Please download, print and review the full instructions by clicking on the blue link below. It is very important that you have followed all preparatory instructions. This is only a brief overview, please call us if you need additional information.

1. An escort to accompany you to your procedure. They must be an 18+ responsible companion, family member, or friend.

  • The person you choose to accompany you must be able to accompany you to your endoscopy suite before surgery, be available during the surgery, drive you home, and stay with you for several hours after the procedure.
  • If you come without an escort, or your escort/driver cannot be contacted, your procedure will be rescheduled.

2. Arrive at the Meadowbrook Registration Desk no later than the time given.

2. There are some special medication changes needed before your procedure:

  • Continue taking your other prescribed medications (e.g. blood pressure pills) as usual with a sip of water. If you have any questions about your medications, call your prescribing physician.
  • Blood-thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, Ticlid) may need to be discontinued prior to your procedure. Check with your prescribing physician for instructions well in advance. You may need to be off these drugs up to 10 days prior to your procedure.
  • Unless prescribed by your physician, please avoid these medicines for 5 days prior to your procedure: Asprin, Asprin products (Alka-Seltzer, BC Powder, etc.) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofin, Nuprin, Advil, Aleve, Motrin, etc)
  • Do not take iron pills for 7 days prior to your procedure.
  • If you normally have to take an antibiotic before dental treatment to protect an artificial heart valve or artificial joint, let the doctor know so we can give you Antibiotics.
  • Diabetic patients: If you take an oral hypoglycemic (“sugar pill”), do not take it the day of your procedure. If you are taking Insulin, you should only take half (1/2) of your usually scheduled dose before your procedure. Sugar should be around 150, we don’t want your sugar below 100!!!

****If you are diabetic, consult your physician prior to any procedure

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