Colonoscopy

The direct visual inspection of the large intestine by means of the colonoscope.

Instructions:

  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Sedation used during the procedure may affect your mental and physical abilities.  For the next 12 hours:
    1. Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery.
    2. Do not make any business decisions.
  3. For seven (7) days after a polyp has been removed:
    1. Do not take aspirin.
    2. Do not take a car trip that lasts over one (1) hour.
  4. If a polyp has been removed, for the next three (3) days no lifting above 20 pounds, no straining or no running.  Return to normal activity including work the following day.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Abdominal pain (mild abdominal pain, bloating or excessive gas is common and may be treated with rest, eating light such as soups, crackers; and using a heating pad on medium setting).
  4. A large amount of rectal bleeding, enough to turn toilet water red.  A small amount of blood from rectum is not serious, especially if hemorrhoids are present.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.