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When can I have a bowel movement after a colonoscopy?

How long do I wait to have a bowel movement after the colonoscopy procedure?

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

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.

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