A. There are two reasons that you may not eat solid food the day of or the day before your procedure.
First, there would not be enough time for your colon to be effectively cleansed by the prep. If you go through the effort to prep for the procedure and you
are not cleansed thoroughly, your time and the physician’s time would be wasted and you would have to repeat the procedure another day. It is also unsafe
to proceed forward if your physician cannot physically see the lining of the colon as he progresses the scope. Second, since you will be sedated for your
procedure, for safety reasons, it is recommended by the anesthesiologist that your stomach be empty of solid food for the entire day before your procedure
and empty of liquids for 5 hours prior to your procedure.