What Should Patients Expect During Recovery from a Rectal Biopsy?

Recovery from a rectal biopsy is usually straightforward and involves minimal discomfort. Key aspects of the recovery process include:

  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort. Avoid aspirin as it can increase bleeding.
  • Diet: Resume normal diet unless otherwise instructed by the healthcare provider. It may be advisable to avoid spicy or hard-to-digest foods for a short period.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for at least 24 hours after the biopsy.
  • Monitoring: Watch for signs of complications, such as severe pain, fever, or prolonged 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.