Lastly, one patient offered the following testimonial:
"Dear Barton Hospital,
"I wanted to personally thank the Barton Hospital executive team, Dr. Norman, and Susan Frailey, RN, for their willingness to offer this alternative colonoscopy prep.
"Four years ago I had a colonoscopy and used the Golytely prep. Unfortunately that prep made me quite sick and therefore the results were clouded and potential polyps couldn't be seen. I had to follow that colonoscopy with a same-day barium enema which gave the same inconclusive results. Not a fun day to say the least!
"With a new family history of colon polyps, I knew I had to repeat the colonoscopy! I really didn't want to go through the whole ordeal again, but thankfully Dr. Makris and Dr. Shanahan urged me to.
"Donna from Dr. Norman's office sent me a letter telling me about the option of colon hydrotherapy. I jumped at the chance and I was so thankful I did. The "day before" prep was so much easier and didn't make me sick. The colon hydrotherapy was a comfortable, private experience and not embarrassing. Susan Frailey made me feel relaxed and confident in her expertise. I felt like it was a very effective prep and that good visualization of the colon would be possible.
"Dr. Norman did find a precancerous polyp and it was removed. Knowing that I will need a repeat colonoscopy in three years makes the colon hydrotherapy prep a desirable option for me, which is one of the reasons I'm writing and urging you to keep this prep as an option.
"Thank you again for being open minded to alternatives for your patients.
ACG 2006: The American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting
This study compares the three preps for colonoscopy: Phospho Soda, Go-Lytely, and HydroPrep.
Patients were randomly assigned to receive 4 L PEG-ES, two doses of aqueous sodium phosphate, or same-day hydrotherapy, as bowel preparation. The endoscopists were blinded to the method of preparation. The overall 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 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 this study ASP was better than PEG-ES for the same parameters.
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