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Most patients will be fully recovered by the next day. If you had biopsies, you will be advised to refrain from lifting for the next week.
Patients are lightly sedated prior to the procedure. In WakeMed’s endoscopy suite, the doctor will insert a thin, flexible endoscope that will travel throughout the colon and intestines, showing inside the lower digestive tract. Gas is pumped into the colon to allow for a better view. If a polyp is found, the gastroenterologist can remove it for evaluation. If bleeding is found, the doctor can seal these areas.
No incisions are made during this procedure.
Patients will recover for about one to two hours and then be discharged. You will be required to have someone drive you home.
Most patients are fully recovered by the next day. If you had biopsies taken, you will have to limit lifting heavy objects for seven to 10 days.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing worrisome symptoms, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our adult gastroenterologists, pediatric gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeons.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610