This is my third colonoscopy in 2-1/3 years and it is because I approached by Gastroenterologist with a small problem. My question: he uses propafol. I have had it twice before. I know I "wake up" with no residual effect. In my State it is unlawful for a medical professional to allow a person to drive after any anesthetic, however I know fully well that I can drive just fine. I'm having trouble finding someone to take me because I have to be there (45 minutes away) at 8:30AM and then, of course, they have to sit around waiting for two hours or more. A friend told me she drove fine after her endoscopy. Is it safe for me to drive myself and take myself home? At this point, I'm a professional at prepping and it's no big deal. What do you think?
While you could probably get home safe, it is NOT
safe to drive, particularly since it is such a long drive. Your mentation is less, your reaction time is impaired and you level of consciousness is not 100%. So I strongly do not recommend doing that.
Ronald Levy, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology