Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Preparation Instructions

It is very important that the following preparation is followed exactly as outlined.

Day before the procedure:

  • You need to follow a clear liquid diet ALL DAY – no red or purple liquids. No solid foods, milk or milk products.Choices:
    Apple juice
    Sprite
    Ginger ale
    Fresca
    Tea and coffee (honey, sugar, sugar substitutes ok – no milk)
    Jell-O (no red or purple)
    Popsicles (orange, lemon-lime)
    Vitamin Water or Gatorade (orange, lemon-lime)
    Clear soup, broth (vegetable, beef or chicken)
    White grape juice
    Hard candy

Night before the procedure:

  • Take first Fleet Enema at 8 p.m.
  • DO NOT EAT ANY SOLID FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE.

Day of the procedure:

  • Take second Fleet Enema one hour before you leave for your procedure.

If you are a patient scheduled for a sigmoidoscopy at UConn Health and have problems with the preparation and/or have questions during weekday hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) call 860-679-3238 and ask to speak with the GI nurse.

If you are a patient scheduled for a sigmoidoscopy at UConn Health and have problems with the preparation and/or have questions during the evening hours (after 4:30 p.m.) or on the weekend call 860-679-2626 and ask for the GI fellow on call.