Preparing for a Colonoscopy

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Before a colonoscopy, you'll need to empty your colon. Any residue in your colon may obscure the view of your colon during the procedure.

Emptying the contents of the colon is a key requirement for a successful colonoscopy. If the bowel prep isn't completed successfully, polyps and lesions can be missed; the colonoscopy may take longer (increasing the risk of complications); or the whole process may need to be repeated or rescheduled.

Preparation Instructions

View the appropriate procedure prescribed by your provider. All of the following documents are in PDF format.

Not sure which colonoscopy prep was prescribed for you?
Call the GI Procedure Lab at 612-873-2670.