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Afraid Endoscopy Will Anesthesia
Yes: Most endoscopies are performed with light sedation, utilizing an analgesic and sedative. These two usually do very well alone. These are not considered as general anesthesia. There is an anesthetic commonly used though for these types of procedures that has a greater sedative effect. It requires an additional health care provider to be present though. Endoscopies are low risk & well tolerated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi! I'm a 16 year old going for an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. As a pediatric patient, is it a common to get general anesthesia for both procedures? If not, can I request for a general? I'm absolutely terrified of having something up my **
It all depends: Typically an endoscopy and colonsocpy would be performed by an anesthesiologist. It would be up to the anesthesiologist and the patient to decide what is the safest course of action. There are some co-morbidities that might push anesthesiologist away from general anesthesia. Whether it is deep sedation or general anesthesia, one of the anesthesia jobs is to make the patient feel comfortable ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Upper endoscopy?: Upper endoscopy is a medical procedure that inspects upper GI tract and helps to find find the source of symptoms. First you will be adequately sedated then endoscope is inserted and procedure is performed. During the recovery you might feel slightly bloated, but you’ll be able to eat after the procedure. The results of the test will be explained, unless biopsy was performed. Painless. ...Read more
Should i be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?
Discuss with doc: Many fears can be addressed if you talk to your healthcare professional. Egd ; colonoscopies are typically done only with sedation, and there is no general anesthesia. If you are really concerned, or if your md thinks you need general anesthesia, you will have an anesthesiologist there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On average how long does a colonoscopy and endoscopy done at the same time take? Will the sedation cause funny behavior after like anesthesia does?
Short sedation: EGD(upper endoscopy) can be as short as 5 minutes, with biposies most of them accopmlished in ~15 min. Colonoscopy takes longer, most fit in the timeframe of 20-40 minutes. The sedation used for the procedure is quite deep usually and approaches/equals Total Intravenous Anesthesia, TIVA. Due to nature of the drug(s) used the recovery may vary but usually is pretty fast and free of side effects. ...Read more
Varies by practice: General anesthesia is usually defined as being unresponsive to noxious stimuli. Sedation anesthesia would be where you can tolerate otherwise unpleasant procedures (such as having a hosepipe put down your throat!). There is a fine line between heaving sedation and anesthesia. Sedation/anesthesia varies from practice to practice - some lightly sedate, others use general anesthesia for endoscopy. ...Read more
I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under". What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia. I've never had it.
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