WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A colonoscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of your colon (intestine) with a scope. A scope is a flexible tube with a small light and camera on the end. Polyps or tissue growths may be removed during your colonoscopy.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines help decrease pain and soften your bowel movement.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Help prevent constipation:
- Eat a variety of healthy foods. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
- Drink liquids as directed. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
- Exercise. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise can help you have regular bowel movements.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You feel full, bloated, or are not able to have a bowel movement.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden trouble breathing.
- Your abdomen becomes tender and hard.
- Your bowel movements are black or have blood in them.
- Your vomit has blood or bile in it.
© 2015 Truven Health Analytics Inc. Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or Truven Health Analytics.
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.