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After a colonoscopy, your physician will explain the results to you or your family member(s) accompanying you; however, if a biopsy has been taken, final results will not be available for up to a week. If you have been given medications during the procedure, you will be observed until most of the effects of the sedation have worn off (for 1/2 to 2 hours). Due to the sedation, it is essential that you have someone available to drive you home or the doctor will be unable to do the procedure.  You should not drive or operate dangerous machinery within 24 hours of your procedure.  We recommend you take the remainder of the day off of work. You may have some cramping or bloating because of the air introduced into the colon during the examination. This should disappear quickly with the passage of flatus (gas). Generally, you should be able to eat after leaving the endoscopy area but your doctor may restrict your diet and activities, especially after polypectomy.