The following are general discharge instructions that apply to most patients after their EGD or Colonoscopy. After your procedure is complete, you will be given printed discharge instructions written specifically for you.
Dr. Shakov will go over the exam and any associated findings briefly with you. You will be given instructions for follow up care, and a phone number to contact the doctor should you have any questions/concerns.
The exam, in its entirety and full detail will be reviewed at the follow up visit. Everyone who has a procedure is required to have a follow up visit. Most people do not remember speaking to the doctor after their procedure, even if they looked fully awake.
The nurse caring for you will review discharge instructions with you during your stay in the endoscopy department.
- A high fiber diet is recommended. Sometimes you may continue to have frequent bowel movements after your colonoscopy. This should subside by the following day. Avoid heavy greasy food after your colonoscopy. Conversely some patients have no bowel movements even several days after the colonoscopy. This too is normal. Consult your Dr. Shakov if you begin to have abdominal pain or distention.
- Do not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery, make critical decisions, or do activities that require coordination or balance for 24hours.
- Because air was put into your colon/stomach during the procedure, expelling large amounts of air from your rectum is normal. Belching is also normal.
- Contact Dr. Shakov if you have any of the following:
- Develop chills (warm to touch), or if you have a thermometer and your temperature is above 101
- Difficulty breathing or difficulty swallowing
- Persistent vomiting
- Severe abdominal pain, other than gas cramps
- Severe chest pain
- Black, tarry stools
- Any bleeding – exceeding one tablespoon