After Your Colonoscopy

Following the colonoscopy, there are several factors to consider. Each of these, if extant, will require some sort of attention, although it may be minor.

Firstly, patients should expect cramping and bloating while their body expels the air that has entered their colon. This is normal following a colonoscopy and should not cause any problems. If cramping and bloating persists, patients are encouraged to contact their gastroenterologist to find out more.

Another natural side effect of a colonoscopy is the effects of general anesthesia. This will hang around for several hours following the procedure, and is the reason we recommend patients arrange for a ride home. While the major effects of sedation will wear off within hours, complete recovery from sedation is expected by the following day.

Patients have been known to experience additional side effects that may require the attention of a doctor. Contact your gastroenterologist if you experience the following:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Bloody stool
  • Dizziness

While this is rare, a patient may experience tearing in the colon following a colonoscopy. If this occurs, it is recommended to make contact with the gastroenterologist, as repair surgery may be needed.

At the Colorectal Center Los Angeles, we are here for you following the procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, our representatives are standing by to help. Our goal is to provide you with the leading colonoscopy Los Angeles has to offer, and we do it by remaining in communication with our patients long after the procedure.

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