Sedatives: You were given sedatives that can make you weak, uncoordinated, nauseated and sleepy.
- A responsible person should be with you for the next 2 to 4 hours
- The day of your procedure:
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages
- Do not drive or work around machinery or power equipment
- Do not sign contracts or legal documents or make any important decisions
- Resume normal activities the day after your procedure if you are not having any problems.
Nausea: To prevent nausea:
- Start with a bland diet then slowly advance to normal.
- Avoid spicy, fried or greasy foods.
- If you have nausea, take a break then try clear liquids such as tea, Jell-O, broth, and ginger ale.
Discomfort: You may experience some discomfort after your procedure.
- Normal discomfort – stomach/colon tightness or fullness, burping, gas cramps, passing air from rectum, sore throat
- Abdominal/Gas Symptom Relief – walking, warm bath, non-carbonated caffeinated beverages, Tylenol
- Sore Throat Symptom Relief – gargle with warm salt water, throat lozenges, Tylenol
IV Site: You received an IV during your procedure.
- Do not remove the dressing for 1 to 2 hours.
- Bruising at the IV site may occur.
- If your site is painful, red or swollen, place a warm, damp washcloth on the site for 20 minutes every hour until the pain, redness or swelling stops or decreases.
- If the pain or swelling gets worse or there is more redness after 24 hours, please call The Endoscopy Center (605)721-8121 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or the GI Clinic (605)342-3280 24hrs.
Bleeding: If polyps were removed or biopsies taken during your procedure:
- Small amounts of blood the day of your procedure is normal.
- If the bleeding is excessive or increasing, please call The Endoscopy Center (605)721-8121 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or the GI Clinic (605)-342-3280 24hrs.
If you have any of the following, call The Endoscopy Center at (605)721-8121 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or the GI Clinic right away at (605)342-3280 or (800)336-3503. If you are not able to reach a physician, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room:
- Fever greater than 100°F
- Constant bleeding or more than one tablespoon of blood from your rectum
- Vomiting that will not stop
- Bad abdominal pain (other than gas cramps)
- Chest pain
- Black tarry stools or “coffee ground” emesis
- Weakness and/or dizziness, fainting or near fainting
Please call our POST PROCEDURE MESSAGE LINE (605)721-8502 within 24 hours of your procedure to let us know how you are doing.
- If you need immediate assistance, do not leave a message on this line. For any immediate needs, please call The Endoscopy Center at (605)721-8121 between 8am to 5pm Mon-Fri or the GI Clinic at (605)342-3280 or (800)336-3503.
You will receive a letter in 3 weeks with the results of any polyps or biopsies. If you do not receive a letter, please call (605)342-3280 and ask for the GI Clinic.
- If you did not have any tissue removed during your procedure, you will not receive a letter.