After your Procedure

How will I feel after the procedure?

You may feel back to normal, euphoric, or very sleepy. Most patients report that they go home and take a nap and resume regular activities the next day.

The sedation used during your exam impairs judgment, memory, and equilibrium. We cannot perform this procedure unless we know that you will arrive home safely, so please bring a friend or family member with you:

You will not be permitted to drive, operate machinery, make critical decisions, drink alcoholic beverages, or do activities that require coordination or balance for 24 hours.

If you had a colonoscopy, you may not have a bowel movement for 1-3 days because of the colonoscopy prep. This is normal. Because air was put into your colon during the procedure, you may experience cramping, bloating and expelling large amounts of air from your rectum. This is normal for the first 24 hours.

If you had an Upper Endoscopy (EGD), you may experience a sore throat for 24 to 48 hours. Because air was put into your stomach during the procedure, you may experience some belching.

Except for these restrictions, you may resume your normal diet unless directed otherwise by your physician. Your physician may give you additional instructions at the time of discharge.

Will I talk with the physician after the procedure?

Yes. Your physician will write his/her findings and instructions on the post-procedure instruction sheet, and a nurse will go over all the findings and instructions with you. Your physician will request a follow-up appointment, write you a note, or call you with the results of the exam. (It takes approximately 5 days for your physician to get a report from a pathologist if biopsies or polyps were taken.)

Other Questions

Please contact the physician’s office if you have any questions.