How long will patients recover after a colonoscopy procedure?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 12/16/2011.
I am so worried about my recovery after my colonoscopy exam. I have lots of work to do afterwards. How long will it take to recover from the operation?

Doctors Answers (1)

David Myles Nolan
Answered on: 12/16/2011

You will be receiving anesthesia for the examination, which takes at least 3-4 hours to start to fully wear off. Some people this effect is shorter, some longer. If at all possible, we recommend not making too many plans the day of the procedure, but you should be able to return to normal function the day after.