Staying Open-Minded About Your Healthcare

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After Your Colonoscopy: What to Expect

Health & Medical Blog

You've made it through a colonoscopy and even though the process was uncomfortable, you took the necessary steps to protect your health. The doctor gave you explicit instructions about how to prepare for the colonoscopy, including when to stop eating and how to take the medications necessary to flush out your system. It is equally as important to take care of yourself after the colonoscopy as well. Here is what you can expect to occur and how to care for yourself after a colonoscopy.

After the Procedure

Once the colonoscopy is finished, you will be asked to remain in a recovery room for a few hours. The amount of time you will remain at the hospital is dependent upon the type of sedation you received. After the sedation wears off, you can go back to your home with a friend or family member. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home or remain by yourself for the first few hours following the colonoscopy.

Take It Easy When You Get Home

Stay in bed or on your couch for a few hours after the procedure. Even though the sedation will wear off before you get home, you will still feel a little groggy. If your physician removed a polyp or took any other sample during the colonoscopy, you will be instructed to avoid heavy lifting for a set period of time, such as one week.

If you experience any pain or bloating, try walking around your home, lying down on your side, or placing a heating pad on your abdomen. During a colonoscopy, air is gently pumped into the colon and can cause some gas pains and discomfort after the procedure.

Call your doctor immediately if the pain does not resolve itself after the first day, if you notice any redness or swelling at the IV site, or have trouble eating or drinking.

Follow the Doctor's Orders on Eating and Drinking

Your doctor will give you instructions about when and what you should eat and drink after the colonoscopy. Typically, you can start eating healthy foods and drinking water or juice within the first few hours you get home. Avoid drinking alcohol or consuming foods that are high in fiber or harder to digest, such as steak, whole grain bread, or raw vegetables. Instead, choose low-fiber foods that your digestive system can easily tolerate, including yogurt, applesauce, or mashed potatoes.

With the proper care, which includes taking it easy, you will be able to return to your normal routine the day after your colonoscopy procedure. If you have any more questions about the procedure, don't hesitate to contact your doctor.


23 September 2021