After you have a colonoscopy, you will stay at the clinic for 1 to
2 hours until the medicines wear off. Then you can go home. But you will need
to arrange for a ride. Your doctor will tell you when you can eat and do your
other usual activities.
Your doctor will talk to you about when
you will need your next colonoscopy. Your doctor can help you decide how often you need to be
checked. This will depend on the results of your test and your risk for
After the test, you may be bloated or have gas pains. You
may need to pass gas. If a biopsy was done or a polyp was removed, you may have
streaks of blood in your stool (feces) for a few days.
sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get
better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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