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  • The Day of the Procedure: What to Expect

  • On the day of your procedure, please bring a list of the prescribed and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking.

    The time you will be instructed to arrive at The Miriam Hospital will be one to one and-a-half hours prior to the time of your exam. This is to allow time for registration and for the preparations necessary for your exam. When you arrive at The Miriam, please report to the admitting office located in the hospital's main lobby. From there, you will be instructed to go to the registration desk where you will check in. You will then be escorted to the pre-endoscopy unit. A nurse will greet you and prepare you for your procedure. You must arrange for someone to drive you home.

    What to expect during the exam

    Before your exam begins, you will be given pain medication and a mild sedative to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout the exam. During the colonoscopy, you will lay on your left side. The physician will insert the colonoscope into your anus and slowly glide it into your colon. You may be asked to change positions to help the physician move the scope. Because the scope uses air to inflate your colon during the procedure, you may feel bloated and/or have cramps during the procedure.

    A colonoscopy usually takes 15 to 60 minutes, but please plan to be at the hospital for 3 to 4 hours to allow time for preparation and recovery. Family members may wait in the waiting area or they may leave their phone number and the recovery nurse will call them when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.

    What happens after the colonoscopy?

    For more information, please call Lifespan Health Connection: 401-444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230.