When can I have a bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Minooka, Illinois on 04/13/2012.
How long do I wait to have a bowel movement after the colonoscopy procedure?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/16/2012

It will vary depending on the emptying speed of your intestines. You should be passing gas after the procedure. It would not be uncommon for it to be two days as your colon is totally empty.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/16/2012

You can have a bowel movement at any time. Sometimes people have one right away, and sometimes it can take a day or 2.