What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Polyp Biopsy?

Recovery from a polyp biopsy depends on the location and method of the biopsy. General guidelines include:

  • Rest: Patients may need to rest for a short period after the procedure, especially if sedation is used.
  • Diet: Depending on the biopsy location, dietary restrictions may be recommended for a short time after the procedure. For example, after a colonoscopy, patients may be advised to avoid certain foods until the anesthesia wears off.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a short period after the biopsy.
  • Monitoring: Watch for signs of complications, such as severe pain, fever, or excessive bleeding, and contact your healthcare provider if these occur.
  • Follow-Up: Attend follow-up appointments to discuss the biopsy results and any further treatment or monitoring that may be needed based on the findings.