For patients – Preparation for procedures
Nil by mouth six hours prior to the procedure!
3-4 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Speak to your GP for the purpose of issuing a prescription for PLENVU(bowels cleaning recipe). Equally, you can purchase it in the pharmacy with the private prescription. Decrease the intake of solid and fatty foods and increase the intake of liquid foods and drink daily 1.5-2 l of liquids.
2 DAYS BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Eat easily digestive food, preferably soft one. Avoid meat, seeds and corn in your diet. Eat food which does not bloat you up.
1 DAY BEFORE THE PROCEDURE:
Dilute first dosage of PLENVU in one liter of water and drink a glass of it every 15 minutes.
13:00 – 18:00:
Drink as much liquid as possible 1.5l – 2l (tea, water, clear juice) and continue with the liquid diet (clear soup with no additives, tea, water, clear juice) and avoid solid foods as well as milk and mushy juices. Walk a lot in order to induce the bowels to work “faster”.
Dilute second dosage of PLENVU in one liter of water and drink a glass of it every 15 minutes. Drink as much liquid as possible up to the procedure. In case of the procedure being done under anesthesia, from midnight nil by mouth.
FOR THE COLONOSCOPY UNDER ANESTHESIA YOU SHOULD PREPARE:
- All previous medical documentation
You are to be examined by anesthesiologist/specialist of gastroenterology prior to the actual procedure and you should inform them of illnesses you suffer from and medication or alternative medicine preparations you are taking.
Patients who take anti-coagulation therapy (Warfarin, Marivarin, Martefarin…) should stop taking their medication 3-4 days prior. Patients experiencing problems with heart valves are advised to take antibiotic prophylaxis. Patients taking, iron, acetysalicylic acid ( Andol. Aspirin, Acisal ) Clopidogrel (Zylit, Pigrel) as well as anti-rheumatics (Knavon, Voltaren, Brufen, Ketonal etc) should stop taking their medication 7 days prior to the procedure.
NOTICE FOR DIABETICS:
DO NOT TAKE oral medication for diabetes on the morning of the procedure. Insulin is normally NOT taken that morning, but please consult your doctor. Prescribed therapy (for heart, high blood pressure or reflux) could be taken on the morning of the colonoscopy with a sip of water.
Jewelry, watches, credit cards, various earphones
Buckles, braces, hair-pins, metal locks, buttons
Writing kit, spectacles, pocket knives
You must inform the radiology staff if you happen to have any metal objects in your body ( a pacemaker, a hearing aid, post-operative clips, an artificial joint, any osteosynthetic material after operative fracture recovery,stents in blood vessels,artificial aortic heart valves, metal bits etc. ) All items, mentioned here within can cause obstructions during the examination and some of them are equally counter effective.
As for the instructions concerning consumption of food and beverages before the MRI examination the former depend on the type of examination you have been referred to whilst the MRI examination of musculoskeletal system do not require special attention to your food and beverages consumption.
You are encouraged to continue with your daily regime of medication taking before the MRI examination.
Some of the MRI examinations may require the application of contrast intravenously or by direct application in the joint. You are to be asked a question by the radiology staff regarding your eventual medication or food allergies. The contrast used for the MRI procedures contains gadolinium which is not prone to causing allergy reactions.
Furthermore, You are to be asked about other medical issues, primarily those affecting the functioning of the liver and the kidneys.
Women in generative age must inform the members of radiology staff of a possibility of eventual pregnancy. Although the MRI has been in function since the 80’s, up to now there has not been any records of its negative implications on pregnant women nor on their fetus. But because of the high degree of the fetus tissue sensitivity, the MRI examinations are not recommended during the first three months of pregnancy and afterwards only if there are strong medical indications to carry it out.
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