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I'm afraid of getting an endoscopy. Will they give me anesthesia?

I'm afraid of getting an endoscopy.  Will they give me 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 more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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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 **

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 more

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Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Twilight: Typically it is done in a sedative state known as conscious sedation but depending on the depth and reflex, general anesthesia may be necessary or occur. ...Read more

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Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

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

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What are the after effects of anesthesia for an endoscopy?

What are the after effects of anesthesia for an endoscopy?

Minimal: Depending on medications you received you can be groggy for 20-30 min. In rare cases nausea is possible. Most patients do not have recollection of the procedure and go home within 30-60 min. ...Read more

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Which drug you recommend or consider using as the safest Anesthesia during upper Endoscopy. ?

Depends: It really depends on your current health, risk factors and also who is administering the anesthesia. All anesthetics carry risks but your are safest in the hands of a experienced anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

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 more

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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?

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

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Are you under anesthesia for an upper endoscopy?

Are you under anesthesia for an upper endoscopy?

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

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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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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.

Quite safe: In the setting of controlled environment, general anesthesia is extremely safe nowadays. Just make sure you go through the screening questions thoroughly with your anesthesiologist, so he/she knows your allergies, medical history, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more