After a colonoscopy
After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room to be watched; your recovery process will depend on the type of sedative you had. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are awake and alert, you will be taken to your hospital room, or you may be discharged to your home.
You can usually eat whatever you feel you can tolerate after the procedure; some patients start with small, bland meals, and some do not.
You may pass gas and feel gas pains after the procedure; this is normal. Walking and moving about may help to ease any mild pain.
You should not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours, and you may be asked to drink extra fluids to make up for the water you lost as you got ready for the procedure.
Your physician may give you other instructions, depending on your situation.