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Sigmoidoscopy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

Most people handle the procedure very well and have no problems. It can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually painful. However, after the procedure, a person may notice the following:

  • gas pains
  • slight rectal bleeding, if samples of tissue or polyps were removed
  • The person will need to be driven home after the procedure. This is because the medications that are used to relax the person may affect the ability to drive.

    The doctor will usually talk to the person right after the procedure about what he or she found. If samples of tissue or polyps were removed, it may take several days for the results to come back. These results will be discussed at a follow-up visit.

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    Sigmoidoscopy: Home Care and Complications

    Author: Francesca Coltrera, BA
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/07/01

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