Colonoscopy Preparation Instructions 

 

(This preparation helps to clean out your bowel so that the doctor can examine the inner lining of your colon during your scope procedure)

 

Location & Details:

 

390 Steeles Ave West plaza, next to “Sababa” Restaurant. Parking is Free. We also have designated parking spots in front of our clinic for patient drop-off and pick-up. Please arrive 15 mins before your procedure. Make sure you have arrangements to be driven home by a family or friend, as you cannot drive for 24 hours after your procedure. The procedure takes approximately ½ hour. You will be at the clinic for approximately 1 ½ hour from start of procedure to discharge.
 

There are NO FEES for patients with valid OHIP cards.

Medications:

 

Bring a list of your current medications (or the actual pill bottles) for your appointment. You should take all your usual morning medications with sips of water (except diabetic pills). Continue your Aspirin or Blood Thinners (e.g. Coumadin/Warfarin, Plavix) as usual. If you have any questions about your medications, please call our clinic for further instructions.
 

Missed Appointment:

 

A fee of $150 will be charged for no show or late cancellation of less than 3 business days.

5 Days Before Colonoscopy:

  • Avoid foods containing seeds, nuts, or corn, or foods that are high in fiber.

 

Acceptable Clear Fluids:

 

Consommé/broth, yellow or green Jell-O, water, apple juice, white grape/cranberry juice, black coffee/tea (without milk), ginger ale, soda water, sports drinks like Gatorade (except red, purple, blue, or orange). Sports drinks strongly recommended because they contain electrolytes preventing dehydration.
 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MORNING APPOINTMENT (Before 12pm)

Day Before Colonoscopy:

 

  • NO solid food for the entire day

  • Drink lots of clear fluids (see list above)

  • Purchase  Peglyte (available at your local drug store without prescription).   Add water to container and shake well (4L total)

  • At 4pm, rapidly drink a glassful (240ml) of PEG solution every 10 minutes until 2L of solution is finished

 

Day of Colonoscopy:

 

  • At 4am before your appointment, repeat this step with the remaining PEG solution, rapidly drinking 240ml solution every 10 minutes until 2L of solution is finished

  • DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING 3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFTERNOON APPOINTMENT (After 12pm)

Day Before Colonoscopy:

 

  • Before 10am – have a light breakfast

  • After 10am – No solid food until after your appointment.

  • Drink lots of clear fluids (see list above)

  • Purchase  Peglyte (available at your local drug store without prescription).   Add water to container and shake well (4L total)

  • At 6pm, rapidly drink a glassful (240ml) of PEG solution every 10 minutes until 2L solution is finished

 

Day of Colonoscopy:

  • At 6am before your appointment, repeat this step with the remaining PEG solution, rapidly drinking 240ml solution every 10 

  •  DO NOT DRINK ANYTHING 3 HOURS BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT