Preparation for colonoscopy with colon hydrotherapy

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The traditional preparation for colonoscopy requires the patient to drink large quantities of harsh laxatives to clean out the colon. These laxatives come in the form of, or must be taken with, large quantities of liquid.

The colon must be emptied, though, or the doctor performing the procedure can’t thoroughly examine the inside of it for cancer or precancerous growths.

A thorough exam is essential to detecting and removing them because colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.

It’s also one cancer for which early detection means excellent odds of survival. About 60 percent of colorectal-cancer deaths could be prevented if everyone 50 and older received proper screening tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.

Some people have medical condition that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to swallow a lot of liquid.

Some hospitals are now beginning to offer an alternative method to cleanse the bowel to prepare for a colonoscopy one that is more convenient, quicker, and eliminates the dangerous side effects of traditional preparation.

The doctor, Joseph Fiorito , and other researchers assembled three groups of patients. Two groups received one of the traditionally used laxatives; the third group received colonic hydrotherapy just before their colonoscopies.

In the study, reported in 2006 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology , the doctors reported that hydrotherapy worked better than the laxatives in clearing out the colon.

The patients rated hydrotherapy higher on ease, convenience and comfort. Patients who received hydrotherapy also were less likely than laxative users to say they would prefer a different approach next time.

May be far better to come in for a Colon Hydrotherapy session before the procedure and make sure you don’t have to have a second colonoscopy because your colon wasn’t clean enough.