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You have just had a colonoscopy. This sheet contains
information about what to expect over the next week. Please
telephone our office if you have:
Severe or persistent
Bloody bowel movement(s)
Your doctor will speak with you and decide a course of action. If biopsies were
taken from the colon or if a polyp was removed, please telephone your physician
in approximately seven days to obtain results.
BLEEDING: Bleeding may occur after taking a biopsy or after the removal
of a polyp. A small amount of blood in the stool is not uncommon after
colonoscopy, but the passage of an entire bloody bowel movement should be
immediately reported. You will have been informed if there was any bleeding at
the time of the procedure. Although rare, bleeding may still occur up to ten
days after a polypectomy when a scab from the cauterized area falls off.
PAIN: Sharp or persistent abdominal pain is uncommon after colonoscopy.
If this occurs, please telephone our office. Many patients experience discomfort
due to the air pumped in to the colon during the procedure, but this usually
subsides over the course of a few hours.
INTRAVENOUS PROBLEMS: The medications injected in your arm vein may cause
local swelling and discomfort, which may last 1-2 weeks. Although this may
become bothersome, it is almost never serious. Please contact your doctor if
local redness, swelling or tenderness near the injection site worsens in the
days following your procedure, as this may indicate a skin infection.
The bowel preparation has emptied your gastrointestinal tract. We recommend that
you avoid heavy or fatty meals today. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL on the day of the
procedure. A normal diet may begin tomorrow.
ACTIVITIES: The sedation you receive will make you less alert than
or exercise the day of the
exam. You may resume normal activities tomorrow. Strenuous exercise should not
be performed for 24 hours unless your physician otherwise advises you.
MEDICATIONS: You may resume all medications after your colonscopy. If a
polyp was removed, your physician may advise you to avoid aspirin-containing
medications for several days.
BEEN COMPLETELY CLEANSED,
NOT EXPERIENCE ANY BOWEL
ACTIVITY FOR THE
2 TO 3 DAYS.