What to Expect Before, During, and After a Colonoscopy Procedure

A doctor holding a magnifying glass in front of a model of an intestine

colonoscopy is a medical procedure during which a doctor uses a long, flexible camera to examine the inside of your colon. This test helps your GI doctor identify issues like polyps or colon cancer.

It's understandable to be nervous going into a colonoscopy for the first time. If you're feeling a little uncertain, the information shared here can help. Find out what to expect before, during, and after the procedure below.

Preparing for a Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy requires a clean colon. A few days before, switch to low-fiber foods and avoid certain medications. The day before, stick to clear liquids only. You'll likely take a laxative solution to clear your bowels completely. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully to ensure a smooth procedure.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A colonoscopy typically lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Your doctor will use a flexible tube with a camera to examine your colon. You’ll likely receive sedatives to help you relax, which makes the process more comfortable.

It's normal to feel drowsy afterward, so arrange a ride home. Knowing these steps can ease your nerves and help you prepare for the day. Feel free to ask your GI doctor about any specific preparations you should make to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Aftercare and Recovery: What Comes Next?

After a colonoscopy, you may feel groggy from the sedatives used during the procedure, so plan to rest for the remainder of the day. It's common to experience minor bloating or gas, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly.

Your doctor will likely advise you to avoid driving, operating machinery, and making important decisions for 24 hours. Regarding diet, you might need to start with light meals and gradually return to your regular diet as advised.

Schedule Your Colonoscopy Consultation in New York City

Are you ready to take the next step for your health? Schedule a consultation at Gramercy Park Digestive Disease Center in New York City. Whether you're seeking clarity about the procedure or need expert advice, our team is here to assist you.

Don’t hesitate to call us at 212-979-3237. We're committed to providing you with a comfortable and informative experience. Get all your questions answered and feel confident about your upcoming colonoscopy.

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