3 Things To Expect After Your Colonoscopy

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If you are going into a clinic like Lincoln Surgical Group PC for a colonoscopy, you will be given a great deal of information on what you should do and what you should expect before your colonoscopy. However, often what happens after the procedure may not be covered as well, even though it is very important to know what to expect afterwards. This article will discuss 3 things to expect after your colonoscopy.

You Will Be Bloated And Gassy

When you wake up from your colonoscopy procedure, you will likely realize that you have a great deal of gas that you need to release. Don't let this concern you. Gas after a colonoscopy is very normal and is actually going to be encouraged to get the air out of your stomach. You will also likely feel bloated and full due to the amount of air that entered your stomach during the procedure. As you are able to pass gas and get moving around, the air will exit your stomach and it will slowly return to normal once again. 

You Can't Operate Your Vehicle

It is important that you realize that you aren't going to be able to operate a vehicle after your colonoscopy. You will be put under a sedative for the procedure, making it so that you are somewhat groggy and not completely coherent afterwards. Because of this, you are going to want to set up a ride for yourself long before you ever go in for the procedure. This allows you to get home safely and rest and recover for the rest of the day. Also, keep in mind that you likely shouldn't drive for the rest of the day at all, so clear your schedule for the entire day of your colonoscopy. 

Food May Hit Your Stomach Pretty Hard 

Because you haven't eaten in quite some time, and also because of the fact that you are feeling very bloated and gassy, there is a good possibility that food is going to hit your stomach pretty hard. Before you are sent home from the hospital, you will likely be given something small, like a couple of crackers and some water or juice. It is best to start out slow like this to see how food settles in your stomach. If you find that this sits well in your stomach after waiting a bit, then you can try eating something that is a bit more solid. However, you will likely want to avoid anything that is excessively rich, spicy, or greasy.


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