Q) What is the difference between a DO and an MD?

  • Both a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and an MD (Doctor of Medicine) are both licensed to practice medicine in the United States. The different degree programs do have differences in their patient care philosophies. 

Q) How quickly can I get a medication refill?

  • Please allow 48-72 hours to process your medication refill request. 

Q) Should I stop my aspirin before the procedure?

  • No. Aspirin only needs to be stopped the day of the procedure. Other medications such as Coumadin or Plavis, though, would need to be stopped.

Q) How long will I be at the facility for the test?

  • Usually a patient has to be there 30 to 60 minutes before the tests. The test will take 15 to 60 minutes. Recovery is about 30 minutes.

Q) Do I need a referral?

  • In most cases, no, but an order from your doctor is needed.

Q) Why do I need a driver?

  • Anyone who is sedated is not allowed to drive the remainder of that day.

Q) How long am I on clear liquids?

  • Before a colonoscopy, a person is on a clear liquid diet the entire day before the procedure. 

Q) Can I work the next day?

  • Yes.

Q) Do I need the day off before a colonoscopy?

  • Typically, no. If you are working shifts that could be a problem. The first dose of the preparation is to start at 6pm the day before your procedure. Working the day before your procedure is not a problem, as long as you can follow a clear liquid diet at work. 

Q) How long until the laxative starts to work?

  • Everyone is different, but usually within the first 4 hours. If you are having problems, please call as there is always a physician on call.

Q) Why is the prep now separated into 2 doses?

  • This dosage has been shown to give a cleaner preparation of the colon, especially in the right colon, and has allowed more polyps to be found and removed.

Q) Why should I have a colonoscopy?

  • Simply it saves lives. A colonoscopy, with a removal of polyps, has been shown to keep people from getting colon cancer. 

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