Home Care after Lower GI Procedures
What to Expect
It is common to have bloating and gas pain
because air was put into your colon. You
will feel better when you expel the air.
When you have received sedation, you are at
an increased risk of falling. You may need
help with things you don’t normally need
help with. Falls can result in serious injury.
To prevent a fall:
ξ Ask for help
ξ Get up slowly
ξ Wear your eye glasses
ξ Use your assistive devices such as a
cane or walker
You may not have a bowel movement for 1-
2 days. After a polypectomy, or if biopsies
were taken, a small amount of rectal
bleeding may be present.
ξ Do not drink alcohol tonight. Do not
take tranquilizers or sleeping pills
ξ You must have an adult to take
you home. You should not drive
ξ Rest today: You may resume normal
daily tasks tomorrow.
ξ You may resume your routine
medicines unless told otherwise.
ξ You may resume your normal diet.
Start out with a light diet to prevent
ξ There may be some soreness or
redness at the IV site for a day or
two. You can relieve this by placing
a warm, moist washcloth over the
site. Please contact your primary
doctor if this does not improve in a
couple of days.
ξ Do not make any important decisions
Call your doctor right away if you have
ξ Fever over 101 F
ξ Abdominal pain
ξ Large amount of rectal bleeding
(greater than 1-2 tablespoons)
ξ Extreme abdominal bloating
Digestive Health Center, 8:00 am to 5:00
pm weekdays, (608) 890-5000. If after clinic
hours leave your name and phone number
with the area code. The doctor will call you
If you live outside of the Madison area,
please call 1-855-342-9900.
UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
University of Wisconsin Hospital &
GI Procedure Clinic
600 Highland Avenue
Meriter Hospital Digestive Health Center
202 S. Park Street
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6505
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