You will receive separate instructions for your bowel preparation prior to examination. Bowel preparation (the thorough cleansing of the colon prior to the procedure) is very important for a safe and effective colonoscopy. Please read and understand the directions several days prior to the exam and follow them closely. Also, do not have anything by mouth, including fluids, lozenges, chewing gum, or even smoking after midnight if your procedure is scheduled prior to 10:00 a.m. or less than four hours prior to the exam if you are scheduled at 10:00 a.m. or later. If you take any heart, blood pressure or breathing medications, take them with a sip of water prior to the morning of the exam.
The Day of your Exam
YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A DRIVER WITH YOU TO YOUR EXAM APPOINTMENT. You MAY NOT walk, take a taxi, or any other form of public transportation. You will not be permitted to drive for 12 hours following your procedure as your judgment will be impaired due to the sedation. Please remember to fill out and bring the information sheet that was mailed to you. Please wear comfortable clothing, preferably short-sleeves. You should plan to be at the Hershey Endoscopy Center about 1-2 hours.
After the Exam
Do not expect to return to work until the next day, due to the effects of the sedation. Your physician will explain the results of your exam before you are discharged. Biopsy and polyp results may not be available for up to two weeks. Your referring physician will be sent a copy of your report. You will receive a copy of the report and written instructions which will include a phone number to call if you should have any problems or questions after you return home.