Gastrogrsfen enema..

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Heard from surgeon today. He's scheduing me for gastrogrsfen enema. He wants to make sure there isn't anything like narrowing that's giving me flare ups..don't just rush in to surgery before checking all avenues...very thorough surgeon. I like that he's this way. Anybody had one done? What do they do?

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    Hi Kathy

    Gastrographen is what I had last October.  It is an aniseed flavoured liquid which acts as a laxative and clears the system out.  I had to take 100ml twice 12 hours apart and it did the job.  I found it much less violent than Moviprep and Picalax and much easier to take.  It also contains something which makes the insides show up better under X-Ray.  I actually had a CT Scan this time when they pump you full of air and get you to hold it in, but 16 years ago, I was pumped with the barium fluid and X-Rayed. 

    They get you to lie on one side as they pump in the liquid.  It is a bit uncomfortable - a bit like holding it in when you need the loo urgently, or dull period pain.  Last time they put something on the end to stop everything coming out involuntarily.  For the CT Scan they injected the contrast dye, but it sounds like the dye for the enema will be in the liquid they pump in.  One less needle!!!  The whole thing only took a few minutes - much quicker than a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and far less uncomfortable.  I advise you to take an incontinence pad with you, as you'll leak liquid for some time afterwards, and when passing wind.  Best wishes.

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