The Center for Special Surgery at Hawthorne

104 Lincoln Avenue

Hawthorne, NJ 07506

For Life-Threatening Emergencies Call 911

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Gastroenterology

 

 
 
Post-Operative Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
These Instructions Are For Both Colonoscopy & EGD

 

 

THE NEXT 24 HOURS

You should not:

  • drive a car, operate machinery or power tools.

  • make any important decisions, such a signing papers.

  • drink any alcoholic beverages.

 

 

THE NEXT 5 DAYS

Do not take aspirin or products containing aspirin.

 

 

DIET

You may resume your usual eating habits, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

 

 

MEDICATIONS

You may resume your regular medications, unless directed differently by your physician.

 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS
  • You may have cramps & gas retention following an endoscopy. You will be able to expel gas as you become more active and resume normal activities.

  • You may have a small amount of rectal bleeding following a colonoscopy.

  • If a biopsy was taken, your physician should have the results in 10 days.

 

 

CALL YOUR DOCTOR

Be sure to call your doctor if:

  • you suffer severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, excessive bleeding, or severe bloating

 

If you can't reach your doctor and you feel you are having a serious problem, go to the emergency room.

 

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