Usually the test lasts between 15 and 60 minutes. Following this, you are recovered or evaluated by recovery personnel, and they will determine when you are awake enough to leave the hospital and return home. You may not drive home on your own, you must have a driver who is able to deliver you to your home. Later during the day, you can eat and do light housework. Recommendations will be sent to the physician who referred you for this test and given to you by the recovery room personnel. Patients who have flexible fiber-optic sigmoidoscopy (FFS) may leave and return to work or home or any of their appointed duties may be done as the examination does not require sedation.