I had a colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, Bravo ph monitor system, CT scan, and blood tests and something else i can't remember only about 4 months ago- so i've been there and can relate. The prep is definitely much much worse than the actual procedure. He will likely get very sick during the prep- no solid foods for almost 2 days- liquid diet only- (it's aweful!!! And for his sake, please don't give him Ensure, it's disghusting...i found that i did ok with bullon cubes that made a broth
)...also gatoraid & poweraid to keep him hydrated). The night before, they will give him multiple laxatives to take- have him ask for the pills instead of the liquid laxatives, they are just as effective, trust me, and don't taste as bad.If they do a follow up CT Scan on him however, he will have to drink a "barium liquid smoothie" - i found it best just to try and chug it- it's disghusting!! - The prep with the laxatives are the worst part- give him lots of magazine to read and some Tucks pads to hopefully prevent any hemmroids- that will make it a lot easier on him. The day of the procedure- they will have you husband put on a gown and have an IV nurse give him an iv, once that iv kicks in- he won't remember a thing! I had an IV because i had multiple procedures done at the same time- he can ask to be completly sedated during the entire thing- i highly recommend that
...he doesn't want to be awake for it.When he wakes up, he won't be able to drive- so usually the doctors require a driver to stay in the waiting room during the procedure (it isn't long) to drive the patient home afterward. Post op- he can eat whatever he wants as long as it doesn't make him sick...propbably good news becuase he will probably be starving
. Afterwards i had a ton of cramping because when the preform the procedure, a lot of air gets trapped in your body....if you know what i mean.....so he will probably experience a bit of gas, bloating, and cramping. The only relief i got was from was when i was laying down
. It goes away usually within a day or so, so it won't be too bad. I'm sending your husband lots of good vibes. The prep is worse than the procedure and the recovery....Once he gets through the prep, he'll be alirght.