If you scheduled by phone, your custom prep was either mailed via USPS or emailed to you. Please check your email and/or your spam folder.
Please follow the Provider Ordered Prep Instructions originally given to you.
The following is ONLY for standard base instructions:
STANDARD BASE PREPARATION FOR A COLONOSCOPY USING MIRALAX® AND GATORADE® Download a Copy - Here
Should you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment for any reason, you must give 72 hours’ notice to avoid a $150 cancellation fee.
IF YOU ARE DIABETIC, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR THE DIABETIC PREP FORM. Download a the Diabetic Prep Form Here
Please stop vitamins, diet supplements, fish oil, and any seed containing products 5 days prior to your procedure. If you are on a blood thinner, you must follow the instructions from your Cardiologist.
**At least 2 days before your procedure purchase over the counter**
- 4 Dulcolax (bisacodyl) laxative tablets
- MiraLax (238 gram bottle)
- Gatorade 64 ounces (2 quarts) not red, purple, or green
THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:
In the morning, mix the entire bottle of MiraLax with the 64 ounces (2 quarts) of Gatorade. Shake well place in the refrigerator.
You will be on a CLEAR LIQUID diet on this day. (NO SOLID FOODS) Including: (no gum, candy, chewing tobacco, snuff etc.)
You may not consume: Any items red, purple, or green in color, dairy products or orange juice with pulp, or alcohol.
Some items that are allowed include: Water, strained fruit juices, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, tea, coffee (no creamer), sodas, chicken or beef broth or bullion, gelatin (Jell-O) flavors that are not red, purple, or green.
At 5:00 PM, take all 4 Dulcolax tablets with at least 2 glasses of any clear liquid.
At 8:00 PM, start drinking the Gatorade solution. Drink 1, 8-ounce glass every 10-15 minutes. Drink each glass rather quickly. You will only drink 1/2 (32OZ) of the solution.
THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE:
6 hours prior to procedure:
- Finish Remaining Prep Solution by drinking 1, 8-ounce glass every 10-15 minutes.
4 hours prior to procedure:
- DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING
IF YOU ARE SCHEDULED AT:
- Waco Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center: You will be fully sedated. You are required to have an adult pick you up after your procedure. They may wait in the waiting area, in their vehicle, or be notified when you are ready for discharge.
- Hillcrest Baylor Scott & White or Ascension Providence Hospital: It is the policy of the hospitals that you always have a responsible adult present until discharge OR YOUR PROCEDURE WILL BE CANCELED.
Where Do I go?
- Waco Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center-364 Richland W Circle, Suite B
- Endoscopy Center at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center-50 Hillcrest Medical Blvd, Medical Office Building 1, Suite 100
- Providence Health Center-6901 Medical Parkway, outpatient admitting office
Commonly Asked Questions:
What is a colonoscopy?
- This procedure allows the doctor to examine the lining of the rectum and the large intestine (colon). A colonoscopy allows your physician to look directly at the lining of your colon and to identify any abnormalities. It gives him specific information that X-rays or other tests do not provide and can help him diagnose the problem.
How long does the test take?
- The actual Procedure may take approximately 30-45 minutes.
- Total time from arrival to discharge may be up to 2 hours.
Are medications given?
- Yes. Your doctor will give you a sedative prior to the exam to help keep you comfortable. He may also order medication by injection, which a CRNA will administer before the exam.
When will I get the results?
It takes approximately 10-14 working days to get your results. After your test, the doctor may briefly discuss the findings of the exam with you and/or your family.
If you have any questions about your test or instructions, please call our office at (254) 537-0911.