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A 30-year-old female asked:

my doctor wants to use general anesthesia for an endoscopy. why would i need to be completely out? he just did sedation for my colonoscopy.

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
This is a good: question for you to ask him. Typically, upper/lower endoscopy is performed with conscious sedation, presumably what you had previously. Perhaps he observed you to have responses to stimuli indicating you might be experiencing pain during the colonoscopy procedure. Maybe he is concerned about your breathing or cardiac function..typical issues suggesting general anesthesia. Only he can answer.
Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez-simon
Pediatrics 17 years experience
We would need more info about your other medical conditions to answer this. Perhaps you have another medical condition that he feels requires general anesthesia for your own safety.
Dec 28, 2015

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