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Colonoscopy

What Happens After a Colonoscopy?

After your colonoscopy:

  • You will stay in a recovery room for about 30 minutes for observation
  • You may feel some cramping or a sensation of having gas, but this usually passes quickly
  • You can resume your normal diet

Read your discharge instructions carefully. Certain medications, such as blood-thinning agents, may need to be avoided temporarily if biopsies were taken or polyps were removed.

Bleeding and puncture of the colon are rare but possible complications of colonoscopy. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Excessive or prolonged rectal bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain, fever, or chills

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Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on July 04, 2012

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