How long does it take to recover from colonoscopy?

This question was asked in San Jose, California on 04/16/2012.
What is the typical recovery time after a colonoscopy? Is there any way that I could drive home after my appointment?

Doctors Answers (2)

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/17/2012

The only way you could drive home after the procedure is to not get any medication before the colonoscopy procedure.

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/17/2012

You are sedated for the colonoscopy procedure and will need someone to take you home. You may pass more gas than normal for a few days after the procedure. Also you may be sleepy for the rest of the day.