My recollections of my colonoscopies were as follows:-
- purgative on the day/day before
- arrive at the hospital ~ 3 hours before the procedure
- IV sedation just before the procedure - you don't remember anything and are effectively "asleep"
- the procedure lasts 20-30 minutes
- wake up shortly afterwards
- rest in hospital for ~2-3 hours
- then go home - but don't drive - get someone to drive you home
- rest/early night etc
- back to normal the next day
- apart from the IV needle being placed in the arm, the whole episode was painless before/during/after.
I had my first colonoscopy September of 2007-and the hardest part was the prep before hand.
I had to drink half the drink and take 4 duloclax. It took forever for the "cleaning process," to begin. And then after I threw away the last of the gross drink-I projectile vomited 5 times. Not the area that needed "cleaning." So I was a basket case the rest of the night thinking-that they were going to send me home because I didn't get "cleaned out," enough.
I remember going in to the room...being told to lay on my left side-a nurse saying they were going to give me something to relax-and then going into bliss.
I woke up and my mother told me I said a lot of crazy things to her.
But I slept that off...and felt fine...I am pretty sure I went to work the next day.
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