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A 34-year-old female asked:

is it more advisable to get a colonoscopy at a surgical outpatient center vs a doctor's office? is propofol safe to use as anesthesia during it?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Singh
Colon and Rectal Surgery 31 years experience
Basically yes: While most healthy people can safely have a colonoscopy in a private office, an outpatient surgical center likely has greater support in the unlikely event that problems occur. Propafol is quite safe and preferable when i look at the feedback from my own patients who have had both varieties of anesthesia. If you are paying out of pocket, propafol will be more expensive.
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Both safe: But the more medical issues/problems the better off at an ambulatory center but it really depends on what the comfort level of the office people as well as what kind of problems/complication they are prepared to handle.
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Propofol is a very safe anesthetic in experienced hands. The real is issue your airway, i.e. if you are obese and snore, or have obstructive sleep apnea, then more monitoring in an ASU is appropriate.
Jul 20, 2013
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Your choice: The anesthetic propofol, in the hands of a trained anesthesia provider, is a very safe anesthetic agent. The procedure can be done at a doctor's office, or an ambulatory clinic, as long as there are sufficient safeguards in place in the case of emergency.

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