What to Expect:
Before your procedure you will be interviewed by a Registered Nurse. She will ask some questions about your symptoms, health history and take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature. If you do not know them by name, please bring a list of your allergies and current medications. The nurse will also insert a small needle into a vein in your arm if your are receiving sedation. If you do not receive sedation for this test you may go home as soon as your procedure is completed. If you received sedation, after your procedure you will be sleepy. You can expect to feel bloated or crampy and pass gas from your rectum. This is just air that was pumped in through the scope during your procedure and you should not be embarrassed to pass it. Your blood pressure and pulse will be monitored frequently. You will stay in the recovery area until you are alert and oriented and your vital signs are stable, usually about one hour after your sedation was given. You may be drowsy for a few hours after you go home. Your doctor will talk to you or the person who came with you before you go home. If biopsies were taken, it will take 3-4 days to get the report. You will receive written discharge instructions and appropriate teaching materials before you leave. If you received sedation, you will not be able to drive for the rest of the day and should not plan on working the day of your test.