Lakeview Health System
Print Golytely® instructions.

Thank you for choosing Lakeview Hospital for your healthcare needs. The following information will assist you in preparing for your procedure. Please read carefully and follow the instructions closely.

You are scheduled for a colonoscopy, a procedure in which a physician examines the lining of your large intestine by looking through a flexible tube called a colonoscope. If growths or other abnormalities are found during the procedure, the physician may remove the abnormal tissue for closer examination or biopsy.

If you have any questions or need to cancel your appointment, please contact our scheduling office at 651-430-8701. We are open Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.

7 Days Before

  • If you take iron or fish oil, discontinue these 7 days before your appointment. 
  • If you are diabetic refer to yellow insert. 
  • If you take blood thinners and have not discussed this with us, please call our office at 651-430-8701. Aspirin may be continued.

3 Days Before

Start low fiber diet: 

  • No raw fruits, salad or vegetables. Cooked or canned are ok.
  • No whole wheat or high fiber. White flour is ok.
  • No nuts, popcorn or foods with seed.
  • No Metamucil, Fibercon.
  • Hamburger, chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, creamy peanut butter, rice, noodles and potatoes are ok.

Arrange for your ride home. If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam, call 651-430-8701 at least 48 hours before your appointment.​

Two Days Before

Continue a low fiber diet: 

  • Drink at least 8-8 oz (64 oz) glasses of water today. 
  • Do not eat solid foods after midnight tonight. 

1 Day Before

  • Begin a clear liquid diet: 
  • You may have water, clear broth or bouillon, coffee, tea (no milk or creamer), Gatorade, pedialyte, soft drinks, jello, popsicles, hard candy, and fruit juice (apple, white cranberry, white grape). NO RED or PURPLE liquids.
  • No alcohol today.
  • Drink at least 8- 8 oz (64 oz) glasses of water today.
  • At 6 p.m.: Begin drinking 3 liters of the GoLYTELY solution (3/4 of the bottle). Drink 8 oz every 10 minutes until finished. If you feel nauseated or vomit, wait 30 minutes. Then begin drinking again, taking 6 oz every 15 minutes. Sucking on hard candym (not red or purple) may also help.
  • Refrigerate the remaining 1 liter (1/4 bottle) of GoLYTELY. (you will drink the remainder tomorrow)

Procedure Day

Continue clear liquid diet:
  • 5 hours before your arrival time: Drink the remaining 1 liter (the rest of the bottle) of GoLYTELY.
  • You may take morning medications (except aspirin) with a sip of water.
  • 3 hours before your arrival time: Stop drinking liquids.
  • Please do not wear fragrant perfumes or lotions today.
  • Bring your insurance card and photo ID.
  • If you are passing clear or yellow liquid, you are ready for the exam. If you are unsure if your colon is clean, call us at 651-430-8701.
  • You must have a driver to accompany you home and sign your discharge instructions. You cannot drive the remainder of the day, and should not return to work.
  • If you have a CPAP for sleep apnea, plan to use while napping today because of sedation medications you have received.

Arrival at Lakeview Hospital

  • Please park in the blue lot and check into Admitting, located inside the main entrance of the hospital. 

During your Procedure

  • A physician and specially trained registered nurse will be with you throughout the procedure.
  • You will be given medication to relax you and minimize discomfort. Be sure to let your nurse and/or physician know if you are uncomfortable so we can adjust your medication.
  • The physician may do a biopsy (taking tiny pieces of tissue from your colon) or a polypectomy (surrounding and burning off a polyp or small growth on the lining of your colon) depending on what he/she sees.


After your Procedure

  • You will be asked to rest for approximately 30 minutes after your procedure.
  • Your family/friend will be allowed to visit.
  • Your physician and/or registered nurse will discuss the results of your procedure with you.
  • If specimens were taken during the procedure they will be sent to the lab and you will be contacted with the results in 7-14 days.
  • Your nurse will review discharge instructions with you and your responsible caregiver and address any questions or concerns.
  • If you wish to be contacted by a registered nurse the next business day to check on how you are doing after your procedure, please provide us with a contact number (home or work).
  • After your procedure you cannot drive for the remainder of the day