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How Long Does a Colonoscopy Procedure Take?
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What Do I Do After My Colonoscopy?
You will go home later during the day after you have your colonoscopy. Colonoscopy usually is performed without checking into the hospital (as an outpatient procedure). You will be monitored and observed in the doctor's office until the side effects of the medications have worn before you can go home. The side effects of the medication may cause symptoms like nausea, bloating, and drowsiness, that may continue for some time after the procedure. You should make arrangements for someone to come and pick you up at the doctor's office and take you home because of these side effects. Recovery time after the procedure can vary. If there are no complications it can range from a few hours to a few days.
Your doctor will give you a follow-up appointment. The final results of the test are generally available at that appointment, although biopsy results may take some time. The doctor may give you specific instructions in regard to what symptoms to monitor, which ones are normal, and which are more serious. You also may receive information in regard to your diet after a colonoscopy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017
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