What to Expect

You may have:

  • Bloating.

  • Gas pain from air put into the colon. Pass gas to feel better.

  • No bowel movement for 1-2 days.

  • A small amount of rectal bleeding, like a streak of blood on the toilet tissue after a polypectomy, or if biopsies were taken.

When you have received sedation, you are at an increased risk of falling. Falls can cause serious injury. To prevent a fall:

  • Ask for help.

  • Get up slowly.

  • Wear your eyeglasses.

  • Be sure to use your cane, walker, etc.

At Home

  • Do not drink alcohol, take tranquilizers or sleeping pills tonight.

  • Do not drive today. A responsible adult must provide transportation post discharge. It is recommended that you are observed for at least 6 hours after discharge.

  • Do not make any important decisions today.

  • Rest today. Do not return to work or school. You may resume normal daily tasks the next day.

  • You may resume your routine medicines unless you were told not to.

  • You may resume your normal diet. Start out with a light diet to prevent nausea. Avoid spicy and greasy food as this may cause nausea.


You may have some soreness or redness at the IV site for a day or two. You can relieve pain by placing a warm, moist washcloth over the site. Please contact your doctor if this does not improve in a couple of days.

When to Call

  • Chills

  • Fever over 101° F

  • Abdominal pain

  • Large amount of rectal bleeding (greater than 1-2 tablespoons)

  • Extreme abdominal bloating

Who to Call

UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
Madison, WI
(608) 890-5010
(855) 342-9900

University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
GI Procedure Clinic
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI
(608) 263-8094
(800) 323-8942

Meriter Hospital Digestive Health Center
Lower Level
202 S. Park Street
Madison, WI
(608) 417-6389

After clinic hours, please leave your name and number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.

Toll-free number: 1-855-342-9900.