Colonoscopy Prep

Evidence-based Colonoscopy Prep Alternative
The gentle choice in bowel preparation for colonoscopy.

Comparative study of three bowel preps: ACG 2006: The American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting, Danbury, CT.

Colonscopy is the most effective way to detect polyps, to screen for colon cancer. 
The American College of Gastroenterology 2006 Study compared three preps for colonoscopy: phosphasoda, Golytely, and colon hydrotherapy. Patients were randomly assigned to receive 4L PEG-ES, two does of aqueous sodium phosphate, or same day colon hydrotherapy as bowel preparation. the endoscopists were blinded to the method of preparation. 

The quality of the colon cleansing was evaluated with respect to the adequacy of visualization of the right, transverse, and left colon. patients were asked to rate the preparation with respect to ease, convenience, and comfort using a structured, validated questionnaire. Results were analyzed using the chi square test. 

Conclusion: The quality of colon cleansing, overall tolerance, comfort, and convenience were significantly better for colon hydrotherapy. 
In 2011, Danbury Hospital completed a follow up study of the ACG 2006, results for a retrospective period of 4.5 years that concluded colon hydrotherapy continued to be a quality prep. ​​

Colon Hydrotherapy Safety: No Shift in Electrolytes, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT 2011, Barbara Comstock, RN CGRN

To evaluate if colon hydrotherapy causes a shift in serum electrolytes, 30 patients had blood drawn immediately before and imediately after colon hydrotherapy was administered. Eight electrolytes: solium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, blood urine nitrogen, creatinine, glucose adn calcium were analyzed in the lab. No sighificant change in electrolytes were observed.