It is very important that you follow these instructions:

  • You might notice a few drops of blood on your underwear, or you might see blood on the toilet paper after you use the bathroom. This is caused by irritation to the bowel during the procedure and is not a problem. However, if you experience heavy bleeding or if the bleeding persists for three or more days after the procedure contact our office.
  • You might feel gas or cramps for a few hours. This is because air was introduced to the colon during the procedure. You should start to expel gas before you leave the center. However, if you have abdominal (stomach) pain or swelling, please call our office right away.
  • You may feel nauseated today. This sometimes happens because of the medications that are used and should improve within a few hours. If your nausea continues for more than 24 hours contact your doctor’s office.
  • Begin taking small sips of water and progress to solid foods gradually as you are feeling better.
  • Do not drive any motor vehicle or operate dangerous equipment. Weakness and lack of coordination are the result of the medications that were administered during the procedure.
  • Do not conduct important business or sign any legal documents on the day of the procedure, since you may feel drowsy from the medications that were administered today.
  • If you have redness or swelling at sites where medications were given, place a warm wet washcloth over the affected area for twenty minutes. If the symptoms persist for over two days please contact our office.
  • Call our office if you develop a fever greater than 101 degrees or chills during the next 48 hours.
  • Avoid straining when you move your bowels.
  • Please call your doctor’s office with any questions or concerns at any time.