Tips to Help You Recover From a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is a common medical test that uses a camera fixed to the end of a long tube to examine and explore the colon and rectum for any abnormalities, such as polyps or small tumors. During a colonoscopy, you will be sedated, and the entire procedure should be finished within a matter of hours. Knowing how to properly recover after a colonoscopy is critical to prevent any further injury and ensure you can easily return to your normal life. Here are a few tips to help you recover from a colonoscopy.

Recovering at the Hospital

Because you will be placed under a mild anesthetic during your colonoscopy, you will spend a couple of hours in a recovery room. During this time, you might feel some mild cramping and bloating. This is normal because air is used to gently inflate the colon during the procedure. You will feel groggy and a little disoriented.

Once the doctors give you the okay, you will be allowed to go home. Ask a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for a few hours to ensure you are comfortable and there are no additional complications.

Recovering at Home

Relax at home for the first few hours after your colonoscopy. Stick with clear liquids and foods that are low in fiber and are easy for you to digest, such as eggs, mashed potatoes, crackers, and applesauce. Avoid alcohol and foods that are more difficult to digest, such as steak, raw vegetables, whole grain bread, popcorn, and fried foods.

Your doctor will let you know when you can return to a normal diet. Typically, you will get the okay to consume more types of food and go back to work a couple of days after your colonoscopy.

Watch Out for Possible Complications

Do not be surprised if you do not have a bowel movement for a few days after the colonoscopy. You might also experience some gas and bloating. These are completely normal because your colon will be emptied before the procedure. However, there are other potential complications you need to watch for.

For example, if you experience heavy bleeding from the rectum, a fever, weakness, nausea, vomiting, redness, swelling, or drainage, contact your doctor right away. Call 911 immediately if you experience intense pain and uncontrollable bleeding.

A colonoscopy is a critical test that takes a few hours. Recovering correctly can help you avoid complications and ensure you can get back on your feet. 

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About six months ago, my wonderful father discovered he had an aggressive form of lymphoma. At this time, his doctor informed him he would need to undergo six rounds of chemotherapy. My dad’s physician also told him he would need to have a stem cell transplant immediately after he completed the chemotherapy. To prepare for the stem cell transplant, my father was put on a special diet. His doctor recommended he eat a lot of protein. My dad was also told to drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. On this blog, I hope you will learn smart tips to help you or one of your loved ones prepare for a stem cell transplant. Enjoy!


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