What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled office appointment?
Photo ID, driver’s license or state ID
Medications list with dosages, if applicable
My preparation is making me sick: nausea and vomiting, cramping or bloating.
Unfortunately, this is a common side effect of all colonoscopy preps. The cramping will pass as the prep begins to work and your colon begins to empty. If you have a larger volume prep (MiraLax, Colyte, MoviPrep) you may feel nauseated and full. This will pass as well as the stomach empties. It is better to stop the prep and rest for a while. You can restart the prep when you feel better.
I vomited my preparation.
Do not worry. Even though it seems like it, you most likely did not vomit all of your prep. It will most likely begin to work. If you feel that you did not “clean out” well, enemas or additional oral prep can be given at the center. Please try to arrive one hour earlier than scheduled.
It feels like my blood sugar is low.
Please review your procedure instructions to make sure you followed the directions you were given by your physician about managing diabetic medications. If your blood glucose is low you may take apple or orange juice with some table sugar to raise your blood glucose.
Why can’t I drive myself home after my procedure
Due to the sedation given during the procedure, you are considered legally impaired. The sedation medication impairs your judgment and reflexes. You will not be permitted to drive for 12 hours following your procedure.
Can I go back to work after my procedure
Due to the sedation given during the procedure, you should plan to rest at home for the remainder of the day. You may resume your usual activities the day after your procedure.
How long will I need to be at the center
You should expect to be at the center for about two-three hours for checking in, admission, consent form review, pre-procedure anesthesia evaluation, procedure time and recovery time, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
How soon will I be able to eat after my test
Immediately. As soon as you awaken in our recovery room, you will be offered a soft drink, coffee or water along with a small snack. Once you go home you can have a normal breakfast or lunch. Eat whatever you like. Just use common sense. Don’t try to make up for 3 missed meals at once.