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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

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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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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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Tomorrow I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy, with anesthesia. I have a slight cold runny nose, no fever. Will it be okay to have it done?

Tomorrow I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy, with anesthesia. I have a slight cold runny nose, no fever. Will it be okay to have it done?

Probably: If you are not having a fever, greenish drainage, or shortness of breath he will most likely be okay to proceed with the colonoscopy and endoscopy. However, he will need to check with your doctor to make sure he will proceed with it. I would definitely check with them prior to performing your bowel prep so that you don't do that unnecessarily. ...Read more

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I'm going under gen anesthesia 4 a tonsillectomy. Never had ga. How does ga compare 2 the IV sedation i had 4 my wisdom teeth & colonoscopy/endoscopy?

I'm going under gen anesthesia 4 a tonsillectomy. Never had ga. How does ga compare 2 the IV sedation i had 4 my wisdom teeth & colonoscopy/endoscopy?

General Anes process: Once the IV is in, you will probably be given a small of sedative to help you feel relaxed. In the or, the ekg and other monitors will be applied. You will probably receive oxygen to breathe as other IV medications are given to achieve full anesthesia. You are never left alone while under anesthesia. We stay with you to monitor and adjust the anesthesia to keep you anesthetized and safe. ...Read more

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Is it normal to sleep all day the day after getting general anesthia for a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Is it normal to sleep all day the day after getting general anesthia for a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Depends. . .: Different drugs used to achieve anesthesia have different half-lives which translates into different lengths of time for their effects to dissipate. Depending on the amount that was used to achieve, the sedation effect may linger for awhile. Anesthesia drugs tend to absorb into the fat tissues of the body and may be released slowly afterwards producing some lingering somnolence. ...Read more

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For the past month, I have been belching over 100 times a day.. Had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy that noted no major issues. What is going on?

For the past month, I have been belching over 100 times a day.. Had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy that noted no major issues.  What is going on?

Lifestyle and diet: factors may contribute: swallowing air when eating/drinking or certain foods like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, carbonated beverages/beer. But medical conditions cause this, too: hiatal/diaphragmatic hernia, reflux, ulcers/helicobacter pylori infection, food intolerance, pancreatic insufficiency. small bowel bacterial overgrowth.Eating/drinking tips: slow down, less talking, no straws ...Read more

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How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

How long after having an endoscopy&colonoscopy (at the same time) & they also take a biopsy are you allowed to eat? Also will nausea be felt after?

See below: Nausea from these procedures is not common. You will be able to eat a few hours after the procedure, may be even sooner. As soon as you recover from the sedation and have normal swallowing reflex, it will be safe to eat. ...Read more

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Why every time I eat no matter what my stomach gets inflated and hurts? Endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver etc... Is fine; what's wrong?

Why every time I eat no matter what my 
stomach gets inflated and hurts? Endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver etc... Is fine; what's wrong?

Bloating: I am glad you have had evaluation. Have you looked at the amount of wheat and dairy you consume? Sometimes eliminating these for a short period of time may give you relief. You also may struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. ...Read more

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5wks post op GB removal.Had a colonoscopy and endoscopy and all normal. Still very nauseous most of time.Healthy diet and weight.What could it be?

5wks post op GB removal.Had a colonoscopy and endoscopy and all normal.  Still very nauseous most of time.Healthy diet and weight.What could it be?

Some patients react: to the type of anesthesia used during the procedure that can remain in your system for a few weeks. More than likely you are responding the air they had to use to visualize your gallbladder and that gets resorbed in time, and you should be feeling better daily. If not, call your surgeon and ask her/him what gives? They will help you out too. ...Read more

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I have severe muscle pain everywhere after a colonoscopy/endoscopy. It was pain free last 2 times I had it done. Is it normal & how long does it last?

I have severe muscle pain everywhere after a colonoscopy/endoscopy. It was pain free last 2 times I had it done. Is it normal & how long does it last?

Not good...: Please NOW call your endoscopist who knows what transpired during your procedure, andwho can advised you to seek medical attention with an urgency appropriate to your risks. You have not shared why at age 43 you have needed 3 colonoscopies already. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy&endoscopy 3 weeks ago. I am experiencing sharp excrutiating pains every time i try to poop constipated 3 weeks pooping pebles?

Colonoscopy&endoscopy 3 weeks ago. I am experiencing sharp excrutiating pains every time i try to poop constipated 3 weeks pooping pebles?

Pain after endo: It sounds like you may have suffered an anal fissure during the procedure or after related to the constipation. You may also have some bleeding develop. Control of the constipation with stool softeners, fiber, and increased water intake will help. Surgery is effective for long term fissures that do not improve. ...Read more

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I'am the lady with the pain for 4 yrs...This is the continue... I have been to the ER multiple times in the last 4 yrs.I have had endless tests.Ultrasounts, mri's, hiates, colonoscopy, endoscopy, endless bloodwork, tests to check my kidneys, camera insert

I'am the lady with the pain for 4 yrs...This is the continue... I have been to the ER multiple times in the last 4 yrs.I have had endless tests.Ultrasounts, mri's, hiates, colonoscopy, endoscopy, endless bloodwork, tests to check my kidneys, camera insert

Returning : Returning to the er is unlikely to help make the diagnosis. Er's are set up for emergency situations, and they cannot perform complicated testing as you know. The best thing is to establish with an excellent primary care physician, either an internal medicine or family practice physician. However, you need to know that there are some conditions that cannot be diagnosed by current technology, and it is a matter of managing the symptoms. While that is a frustrating situation, it is reality, and is something to consider as you go through this process. ...Read more

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7negative stool test done at different times, have anemia, not bleeding, endoscopy negative doc still wants colonoscopy. Why when all negative?

7negative stool test done at different times, have anemia, not bleeding, endoscopy negative doc still wants colonoscopy. Why when all negative?

Bleeding can be...: ...intermittent, from any source. If there is clinical evidence that points to the GI tract as a likely source of your anemia then colonoscopy is indeed warranted. ...Read more

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I suffer severe stomach pain at times.I've had a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.My doctor told me that I have reflux. Zantac (ranitidine) 150 does not help.

I suffer severe stomach pain at times.I've had a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.My doctor told me that I have reflux. Zantac (ranitidine) 150 does not help.

PPI: If you have been diagnosed with gerd and zantac (ranitidine) is in effective, i would start a proton pump inhibitor (ppi). There are a variety that are available as over the the counter medicines (prilosec, prevacid). It can take a number of days for these to give relief. If you still are having symptoms after a week of starting the ppi, call your doc. ...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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more