Post Colonoscopy

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What To Expect

  • Though the sedatives used in the examination are short acting you may still experience some effects of the sedative for up to 12 hours after the exam.
  • It is normal to experience a fullness or discomfort of mild gas pains in your abdomen for several hours after this procedure. This feeling should subside as the gas is expelled.


  • Go home directly.
  • Do not drive a car or other motor vehicle or operate any dangerous machinery for 12 hours.
  • Do not undertake any strenuous activity
  • Do not make any important business decisions.


  • You may resume your normal diet.
  • Eat lightly at first — like a breakfast or lunch, and then advance to your diet as tolerated. It is best to limit yourself to small light meals that day.
  • Do not drink alcohol that day after you have had a colonoscopy.


  • You may resume your normal medications, unless directed otherwise by physician.
  • Before you leave the facility make sure you understand when to resume blood thinners or your pain medications.
  • If any polyps were removed during your examination, you should avoid aspirin and similar medications such as Motrin®, Advil®, and Aleve® for one week afterward — unless directed otherwise by your physician. Tylenol is safe. Although unusual, bleeding can occur up to 2 weeks after a polyp is removed. If possible, you should not plan to travel to any remote area without access to healthcare for two weeks after a polyp was removed.

Biopsy Results

  • If biopsies were obtained for laboratory analysis, you will need to call our office to schedule an appointment. Further treatment plans and follow-up will be discussed at that visit.

What To Watch Out For

  • Increasing redness at the IV site. You might notice a mild redness or soreness at the site of your IV injection. Should this occur, apply warm compresses 4 times a day. Contact your physician if this does not improve.
  • Increasing abdominal pain - mild fullness and discomfort is to be expected, however if you have increasing pain you need to contact you physician.
  • Rectal Bleeding - Minor rectal bleeding may be noted if polyps have been removed or biopsies taken. If you are passing large amounts of blood or clots you need to contact your physician.


  • We will call you, the day following your procedure, to make sure you are not experiencing any problems. If you have not heard from us by late afternoon please call our office and let us know.