Colonoscopy. After The Procedure Is Finished. What Next?

Colonoscopy.  What You will Do After It is Finished?

So you have had your colonoscopy.  Hopefully, all of the news was good.  Even if you had polyps, they are probably gone now and you can move forward without the fear of any colon or rectal surprises lurking down the road.  But, what next with respect to your colorectal health?  How should you follow up with your proctologist, also known as a colon and rectal surgeon.

Colonoscopy (and polypectomy if necessary), is a life saving procedure.  It prevents the development of colon cancer.  Recently released statistics show that the incidence and mortality rate from colon cancer has steadily declined.  The rate of decrease has been even more dramatic in the last 5 years.  So, keep getting your colon screened, whether you live in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, or any other city in the United States.

But, What Next?

If your colon was “clean”, if you had no abnormalities, you will need another colon examination in 5 years (No, not 10 years as seems to be the popular recommendation now.  All other screening methods are at every 5 years, and so is a colonoscopy.  Many patients develop polyps within 5 years after a colonoscopy.  Do not wait 10 years.)

If you have had polyps removed, you should do the following:

  • Call you physician if you have any bleeding, abdominal pain, or fever.  You should not have prolonged nausea.
  • Follow up with your physician to find out the exact type of polyp that you had removed.  Was it hyperplastic or adenomatous?  The difference is important with respect to the development of cancer in the future.
  • Ask you physician when you can resume your daily aspirin use (if you take a daily aspirin).
  • Mark your calendar for your next colonoscopy.  Adhere to whatever recommendation your surgeon makes.  In this age of digital calendars, there is no excuse for forgetting.
  • Slowly resume your diet.  Your appetite will return.  Don’t rush it.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.

Colonoscopy is but one of the skills of the board certified surgeons of  Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.  They are able to care for all diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  A visit with your physician should be a regular part of your health maintenance.

Your consultation will be confidential and complete.  You will have a chance to ask questions in order to fully understand your issues.  Call (310)273-2310 to schedule your visit.  You will be glad that you did.