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Congrats! You just finished having colonoscopy. You are hungry and weak. What can you eat after colonoscopy? Can you go from the surgery center to a buffet restaurant?
How your body feels after a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy involves several steps. These steps include restrictions on food, bowel prep, diarrhea, anesthesia, and then the colonoscopy procedure.
These events leave you dehydrated, hungry and weak. You may have electrolyte imbalance. Some patients have inflamed colon from diverticulitis or colitis. The colon may be partially or completely blocked.
Can you have a light meal immediately after a colonoscopy?
Most people think of food once they wake up from colonoscopy. Some surgery centers will give you a cup of juice once you wake up from anesthesia. You can eat after colonoscopy once you’re fully awake. To hydrate, drink plenty of water, sports drinks, and juices. Avoid alcohol. Your first meal after a colonoscopy should be light, non creamy and non-spicy. Bland diet is ideal as first meal to eat after colonoscopy. Examples include crackers, soups, toasts, eggs, sandwiches, rice, fish, chicken, Your gut is still not completely back to its normal state. You don’t want it to overwork to process certain foods.
Different diets prescribed after a colonoscopy
Diet if you have diverticulosis
A high fiber diet is recommended for patients with diverticulosis.
Diet if you have severe colitis
There is no specific diet for patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. Neither is there a diet for patients with infectious colitis, microscopic colitis, ischemic colitis or radiation colitis. A low fiber or bland diet may be suggested because this is gentle on your body.
Diet if you have an obstruction
If you have bowel obstruction, you should avoid high fiber diet. A clear liquid diet and low fiber diet are recommended.
Diet if you are have iron deficiency anemia
Patients with iron deficiency anemia have low iron. Certain foods are rich in iron. These include beef or chicken liver, beef, veal, turkey, ham, mussels, clams, oysters, beef, sardines, salmon, halibut, tuna, spinach, lentils, beans, tofu, iron-fortifies cereals and dark chocolate. In addition, you will be placed on iron supplementation.
3 days after my colonoscopy and have a discomfort in my right side of my intestines. I continue eating light residue food but I have a dhirea , it’s normal or not? What to eat after polyps removed?
Contact your doctor. There is no special diet after polyps have been removed. High fiber diet can reduce the risk of having colon polyps.
I ate oxtails and cabbage after colonoscopy, was that wise?
I don’t think that was wise but if it didn’t bother you or make you feel bad that’s great. I myself have a weird digestive system so went with a bland/ soft food diet and lots of fluids.
A few days After having a colonoscopy my stomach has been very sensitive to food. Is this normal
Bowel cleansing for colonoscopy may alter the microbiota (gut flora) for some days after colonoscopy leading some to have diarrhea or constipation for a few days after colonoscopy. As always, contact your doctor. Good luck!