Colonoscopy Post Procedure Instructions

After having a colonoscopy you will be a little drowsy for a couple hours.  Unfortunately you will not be able to drive yourself home, but you will be feeling pretty normal in about 4-5 hours after the scope.

I always talk to you or your family after the colonoscopy, but usually you will not remember the conversation due to the lingering affects of anesthesia.  For this reason, I try to call you the night of the colonoscopy, however, I will have to admit I don’t always get to it the night of the procedure.  If I don’t call you the night of the colonoscopy, I will call you the following day to let you know how the colonoscopy went, and the findings of the procedure.

Sometimes after the colonoscopy I will recommend you start a prescription that night or the following day.  If this is the case, you will receive a paper prescription from the nurse as you leave the building, or I will call the pharmacy of your choice and the prescription will be at the pharmacy for you.

If you have increasing pain, fevers, chills or bleeding at anytime after the colonoscopy, you should call the office as soon as possible.  If the office is closed, please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.  If I do not return your call within 20 minutes, and you continue to have increasing pain, fever, chills or bleeding, please go directly to the emergency room.

If you have questions that are not of an emergent nature, you may call the office or email me directly anytime.

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-Dr. Buck