Your Colonscopy Experience

Before your colonoscopy procedure, you’ll get ready with a colonoscopy prep, like PREPOPIK®, as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Starting the day before, you’ll do your prep at home. Download the Patient Prep Kit or the Colonoscopy Checklist to help you better prepare.

During your colonoscopy procedure, your gastroenterologist will insert a long, flexible tube (about as thick as your finger), called a colonoscope, through the natural cavity of your rectum and colon. You’ll be sedated throughout the process. Patients typically feel little to no pain during the exam.

Your healthcare provider will use the colonoscope to examine your colon for:

  • Inflammation (swelling and/or redness)
  • Polyps
  • Other precancerous lesions and potential cancer
  • Other signs of digestive problems

The procedure also allows the healthcare provider to remove polyps before they become cancerous, and take other small samples or biopsies for lab analysis.

After your colonoscopy procedure, your healthcare provider will speak to you about the results and give you a written report.

  • The effects of sedation make it unsafe for you to drive or find your way home alone. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home
  • You may feel some bloating from the procedure and pass some gas. These symptoms should subside within a few hours
  • Once you get home:
    • Plan on resting for the remainder of the day
    • Ease back into eating. Start with a small, light meal and work gradually back to your normal diet