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After Your Colonoscopy

You will need some time in the recovery room for the effects of the pre-procedure medication to wear off.

Once you are alert, your doctor or nurse will go over the initial results of your colonoscopy. If any polyps were removed, or any tissue samples (biopsies) taken during your colonoscopy, your doctor will send these specimens to the lab for study. You will receive the report of these studies within a few weeks. A copy of the results of your colonoscopy will be sent to your referring physician, or primary care provider.

You will be given a list of instructions for the next several days, then discharged from the hospital. You will not be alert enough to drive on your own, so make sure a family member or friend can take you home. You will be wheeled out to the car in a wheelchair. Plan on resting for the remainder of the day, and eat lightly at first. Do not drive, or operate equipment, for at least 24 hours.

Minor symptons such as gas or bloating will disappear within 24 hours. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • Chills, or a fever greater than 101 degrees
  • Excessive pain, vomiting, or bloating
  • Bleeding from your rectum
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