A colonoscopy procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes, depending on whether the doctor needs to remove polyps or take biopsies.
However, patients and caregivers should plan to spend 2-3 hours total at the hospital or endoscopy center to account for the time needed for preparation and recovery.
During colonoscopy preparation and recovery, caregivers either wait in a waiting room or give their number to the office staff to receive a call when it is time to pick up the patient.
Because sedation is given, patients will need the remainder of the day to rest and recover at home; those who work should plan to take the day off.
Breaking it down
Your day will include:
- 30-60 minutes to prepare the patient directly prior to the procedure
- 30-60 minutes for the colonoscopy itself
- 30-60 minutes to recover at the hospital or endoscopy center directly following the procedure
- The remainder of the day to rest and recover at home
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