After the exam, you are taken to our recovery area where you monitored until you awaken and tolerate fluids. Most people feel well rested after waking up; some stay drowsy for several hours after discharge. You may experience some bloating, passing gas, and cramping intermittently through out the day. This should disappear quickly after you start ambulating, we encourage you to pass the gas and not hold it in.
The doctor will visit with the person who accompanied you to the hospital and the nurse will review discharge instructions with them.
A copy of your colon report and discharge instructions will be given to you at discharge.
AGAIN, you many not remember anything for several hours after being medicated. Most patients do not remember the recovery area at all and very few remember the ride home.
RESULTS OF BIOPSIES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 7 TO 10 BUSINESS DAYS. The total time at our facility is approximately 2-3 hours. REMEMBER THIS IS AN ESTIMATE
What are the possible complications of a colonoscopy?
One possible complication is a perforation or tear through the bowel wall that could require surgery. Death is a remote possibility with any interventional procedure. Bleeding may occur from the site of a biopsy or polypectomy. It is usually minor and stops on its own or can be controlled through the colonoscope. Rarely blood transfusions or surgery is required. Other potential risks include a reaction to the sedatives used and complications from heart or lung disease. Localized irritation of the vein where medications were injected may cause a tender lump lasting for several weeks, but this will go away eventually. Although complications after colonoscopy are uncommon, it is important for you to recognize early signs of any possible complications. Please contact the doctor who performed the procedure if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Severe abdominal pain, to touch or movement
- Fever over 101F and/or chills
- Rectal bleeding of a tablespoon or more (bleeding can occur several days after the polypectomy)
Colonoscopy and polypectomy are generally safe when performed by doctors who have been trained and are experienced in these endoscopic procedures.