2016-06-16 15:35:43 UTC

Colonoscopy 106: After

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Minor Issues


  • You may feel some minor issues, such as bloating (swelling), gas or mild cramps right after the test.
  • These should go away in less than 24 hours.
  • Contact your doctor’s office if you have any questions after your colonoscopy.

Your doctor will tell you more specifically what you can expect after the test. Some things may include:

  • When your colonoscopy is done, you will be cared for in a recovery room until the medicine wears off and you are more alert.
  • Your doctor or nurse will review the colonoscopy results with you and give you any other details or next steps you may need. 
  • If a biopsy (taking a small piece of tissue to look at under the microscope) was taken, your doctor or nurse will tell you when those results will be available. They will tell you if any other testing or follow-up is needed.
  • You will be told how soon you can eat and drink, plus other steps to take for getting back to your normal routine.
  • Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day after your colonoscopy. This means not driving, working or making important decisions. 
  • You will need to arrange to have a family member or friend with you who can hear the discharge instructions and take you home. You should plan to resume your normal activities (driving and working) the day following your exam.


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