Will I be able to drive after I get a colonoscopy?

This question was asked in San Jose, California on 06/13/2012.
When I get my colonoscopy will I be able to drive home from the appointment? How long afterwards will I be able to drive if not? Is it because they use anesthesia?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/28/2012

If you are sedated for the procedure you will not be able to drive and will need someone to take you home. If you are not sedated then driving afterward may be an option.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 6/19/2012

If you receive sedation, you cannot drive until the next day.