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What Is a Bowel Prep?

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Presentation: Magnesium Citrate Bowel Prep
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Now that you have seen the information about colonoscopy, let's talk about preparing you and your body for the procedure. All the information we will cover is included in your patient handout and answers to most of your questions can also be found there.
A very important part of this procedure is being able to see inside your large intestine or colon. If your colon has too much food in it, your doctor will not be able to see your colon clearly. To help your doctor see it better, you will need to clean out your bowels by using special medications. Cleaning out your bowels is called a "bowel prep." The bowel prep is one of the most important parts of having a colonoscopy, even though it is done on the day before the procedure.
Please make sure that you follow the instructions VERY CAREFULLY. A successful bowel prep greatly improves the ability of your doctor to find any possible problems.
 

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