What happens after a colonoscopy procedure?
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Modified on: Tue, 17 Mar, 2020 at 7:54 AM
- After the colonoscopy, you will remain in the recovery area for about 30 minutes until the effects of the sedating medication wear off. Before you are discharged, your physician will discuss the exam results and follow-up plans, and you will be given a discharge instruction sheet.
- It takes about an hour to begin to recover from the sedative.
- You may feel bloated or pass gas for a few hours after the exam, as you clear the air from your colon. Walking may help relieve any discomfort.
- You may also notice a small amount of blood with your first bowel movement after the exam. Usually this isn't cause for alarm.
- Consult your doctor if you continue to pass blood or blood clots or if you have persistent abdominal pain or a fever of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher.
- A companion must be available to accompany you home from the procedure, since the sedation will impair your reflexes and judgment. For the remainder of the day you should not drive a car, operate machinery, or make important decisions.