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Colonoscopy and Virtual Colonoscopy

After A Colonoscopy

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  • Unlike most tests, you will know prior to leaving the facility if there is the possibility of cancer in your colon or rectum due to the presence of polyps or other abnormal conditions. There will not be a definitive answer until a sample is tested in a lab by a doctor known as a pathologist. Those test results will be given to your doctor to share with you.  
  • You will receive discharge instructions.
  • You will be allowed to resume your normal activities.
  • You may have some cramping or bloating as a result of the air placed into your colon during the procedure.


  • To prevent dehydration, it is advisable to drink 8 to 16 ounces of fruit juice right after the procedure. If fruit juice is not available, any beverage will help with dehydration.
  • Eat a light snack as soon as you feel able.  Avoid foods with high fat content. Fats are difficult to digest.


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