Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What to expect afterwards sigmoidoscopy

If you haven't had a sedative you will be able to go home when you feel ready. If you have had a sedative you may need to stay a little longer and you will have your blood pressure and pulse taken to monitor your recovery.

Before you leave, your doctor or nurse may explain what was seen inside your bowel during the procedure. If you have had a biopsy or polyps removed, the results will be ready several days later and will usually be sent in a report to the doctor who requested your test.

If you haven't had a sedative you may drive home if you wish. If you have had a sedative someone will need to come and collect you. Sedation temporarily affects your coordination and reasoning skills, so you must not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or sign legal documents for 24 hours afterwards. If you're in doubt about driving please contact your motor insurer so that you're aware of their recommendations, and always follow your doctor's advice.

Once home, it's sensible to take it easy for the rest of the day. Most people feel able to resume normal activities on the following day.

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