Procedure Preparations

Dr. Howard N. GussEvery procedure requires a different preparation along with specific dietary rules and restrictions. The doctor will prescribe the best and safest prep solution just for you, based on your individual needs and the procedure to be performed—so it is important to let your doctor know about your health history, which includes any medications you take (especially blood thinners) as well as any medical conditions or allergies you have.

You will be given specific instructions about your prep and diet at the time of your pre-procedure office visit.  It is crucial to follow your prep instructions exactly as outlined to ensure the best test results and prevent the procedure from having to be repeated.

If you have any questions, please call Dr. Guss’ or
Dr. Beri’s nurse.

What kind of prep will I be given?

Every procedure requires a different prep and dietary rules and restrictions. Typically, you are advised to drink water while taking the prep to prevent dehydration, and not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your procedure. The doctor will prescribe the best prep solution for you, based on your individual needs and the procedure to be performed, and always with safety first in mind. You will be given specific instructions about your prep and diet at the time of your pre-procedure office visit. If you have any questions, you can call either Dr. Guss’ or Dr. Beri’s nurse. You may be instructed to take part of your prep after midnight or early in the morning. Follow your instructions carefully.

What do I do if the prep doesn’t work?

In the vast majority of cases, the prep solution does work. If you are unsure, you can call our office and the message will be passed on to the on-call physician, who will decide whether or not you should continue with the prep and your procedure. You may use a Fleet enema. Do not take anything by mouth without discussing with the doctor.