What Is Recovery Like After A Colonoscopy?
When the colonoscopy is completed, you will be wheeled into a recovery area while you wake up from your sedation. It takes one to two hours for the sedative to wear off, so you will not be allowed to drive yourself home. While you're in the recovery area, you may have some light cramping and feel bloated from the carbon dioxide gas. Although you will also feel hungry, it is best to stick with a soft or bland diet for the rest of the day. In most cases, you will feel back to normal the following day.
Some people may have dizziness or nausea afterward, and you might have trouble passing gas or pooping for the first 24 hours. You will need to notify your doctor immediately if you develop a fever, are bleeding from your rectum, or if you experience severe abdominal pain or cramping.