The Power of Proper Pre-Op Hydration & Nutrition for a Better Colonoscopy Experience
Colonoscopy prep can be daunting to say the least—but it doesn’t always have to be. Today, we’re getting to the bottom of easier, less-stressful colonoscopies. In this post, we’ll cover:
- Why the “no food or drink after midnight” rule is being replaced with instructions to safely nourish and hydrate before your colonoscopy
- Using ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep to:
- Reduce dehydration before your colonoscopy
- Increase your chances of an easier IV “stick”
- Reduce Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting
- Reduce anxiety and stress before going in for your colonoscopy
- How to use ClearFast before your colonoscopy
Now, let’s dig in…
With approximately 15 million colonoscopies performed in the U.S. each year, this routine procedure can often induce anxiety and cause confusion for many—especially as it relates to how to comfortably prepare for the exam and ensure a speedy return to your normal activities.
While colonoscopies certainly aren’t a walk in the park, taking the proper colonoscopy prep steps can make a world of difference in everything from pre-op stress levels to post-op recovery time and comfort. Today, then, we’re breaking down the proactive steps you can take to best prepare your body for a colonoscopy, ensuring this often-dreaded procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Safely Hydrating and Nourishing as Part of your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure
From painful IV sticks to post-op nausea and vomiting, heading into your colonoscopy dehydrated and starved can cause a number of unpleasant side effects. While old-school thought tells us to follow the “no food or drink after midnight” rule, modern medical research and a slew of clinical studies are causing medical professionals to rethink this antiquated advice regarding fasting before surgery. We want our bodies to be as strong and healthy as possible when heading into any medical procedure, which is why safely hydrating and nourishing with the right preop drink is a key when it comes to minimizing pre-op and post-op discomfort.
The Benefits of Using ClearFast Preop Drink as Part of your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure
As an all-natural preoperative carbohydrate drink, ClearFast is rich in complex carbs, zinc, electrolytes, vitamin A, L-Citrulline and selenium—all of which play an important role in proper colonoscopy prep and enhanced recovery after surgery. The benefits of this powerful combination ensure your body is in the best state possible for anesthesia, making for:
- Reduced Dehydration from the Colon prep liquid
Taking the prep liquid your doctor prescribes in order to completely flush out your bowel can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Dehydration is something you want to avoid in general, but certainly before anesthesia.
- Reduced Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting
Preoperative fasting is largely responsible for the nausea and vomiting many patients experience after undergoing anesthesia. Time and time again, ClearFast customers who, in the past experienced nausea and vomiting upon waking from surgery, report that drinking ClearFast eliminated this problem for them.
- Easier IV “Sticks”
Dehydration leads to reduced blood flow, which can often mean multiple, painful IV sticks. Many ClearFast customers report easier, pain-free and one-time-only needle sticks as a result of working our preop drink into their colonoscopy prep routine.
- Reduced Anxiety and Emotional Stress
Heading into surgery is never fun—especially when you’re tired, starved and thirsty. Rich in complex carbs and free of simple sugars and colored dyes, ClearFast works to reduce the stress and anxiety that often accompany “going under.” In fact, in a large controlled study, patients in the pre-op area who drank ClearFast were 5.5-6.5 times more likely to describe themselves as “comfortable” than their cohorts who underwent traditional fasting from midnight.
How to Use ClearFast as Part of Your Colonoscopy Prep Procedure
Using ClearFast as part of your colonoscopy prep is safe, simple and—added bonus!—helps to makes that terrible colonoscopy prep liquid go down much smoother. The recommended protocol is four bottles of ClearFast chilled overnight, then consumed in the following manner:
- First Bottle: Sip simultaneously with your colonoscopy prep liquid. “Chase” each sip of prep liquid with a sip of chilled ClearFast.
- Second Bottle: Drink the night before the procedure (while in the fasting window)
- Third Bottle: Finished two hours prior to the procedure
- Fourth Bottle: Drink chilled, following the procedure
Ready to take proactive steps to help reduce the stress and discomfort that so often accompany colonoscopies? Order your ClearFast Preop Beverage here, or reach out to the ClearFast team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions at all. Our goal, as always, is to help patients everywhere enter into and awake from surgery in the best, most comfortable physical and emotional state possible—and we can’t wait to answer any questions you may have.