Immediately after the colonoscopy, you can expect to feel some mild discomfort and bloating – this is normal. You may feel drowsy for a few hours and might not even remember what happened during the procedure. You will have to wait for an hour or two until the sedative wears off and you might need a relative or friend to accompany you home as you will not be able to drive.
After the test, your doctor will inform you if he/she observed any abnormalities and if samples were taken for a biopsy. If such, your biopsy results should be ready in a few days and your doctor will call you with the results. The next step will depend on the results of your colonoscopy and if applicable, your biopsy.
If polyps were removed, they will be sent for a biopsy and tested, you might also experience some mild rectal bleeding; this is normal and will resolve on its own. You might feel bloated and some mild cramping which should resolve in a few hours.