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Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

R/O COMPLICATION: Often times Propofol is used for anesthesia it is very potent. Rarely when you are recovery from anesthesia, fluid may get into the lungs. This is referred as aspiration. I recommend following up with your GI doctor. If symptoms worsen acutely or fever develops, get immediate evaluation and X-ray to rule out aspiration Pneumonia. ...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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Propofol, versed, fatanyl given. Together for colonoscopy is this general anesthesia or a strong sedative. If so which is safer? I

Propofol, versed, fatanyl given. Together for colonoscopy is this general anesthesia or a strong sedative. If so which is safer? I

They are both safe: These drugs can be used as sedation OR general anesthesia. It is determined by the amounts given and the patient's physiologic response. Both general anesthesia and conscious sedation are safe in the hands of a competent anesthesia provider who takes in account the patient's medical history, medications and physical condition. ...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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Day after receiving general anesthesia 4 colonoscopy, sore throat, nurse said I had raspy lungs before I left. Hurts to take deep breath. Feel Fluid?

Day after receiving general anesthesia 4 colonoscopy, sore throat, nurse said I had raspy lungs before I left. Hurts to take deep breath. Feel Fluid?

Could be normal: Are you sure you had General Anesthesia? It's very unusual for colonoscopy. However you did have tube in your mouth breathing that's good cause sore throat. If you're a smoker sometimes it's normal to caugh as you wake up. In most patient this resolves in 2 to 3 days. If you have difficulty breathing, have fever, or coughing up yellow and green stuff you should talk to your doctor ...Read more

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Does it take a while to get over the effects of twilight anesthesia for a colonoscopy?

Does it take a while to get over the effects of twilight anesthesia for a colonoscopy?

Depends on type: If the anesthetic is given by an anesthesiologist they would usually use a very short acting anesthetic agent. If the sedation is done by the GI doctor they tend to use a longer lasting agent. In either case you should be clear headed after a few hours. ...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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I take subutex regularly - what are my options for anesthesia during my planned upcoming colonoscopy?

Propofol: More and more frequently the colonoscopy procedures are being done using anesthesia providers and Propofol for sedation. This drug will not be interfered with by the subutex that you are currently taking. ...Read more

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I take one 8mg Suboxone strip daily. Will this interfere with my colonoscopy scheduled in four days. Will the anesthesia be effective?

Should be fine.: What I wouldn't do is stop the Suboxone abruptly, as that could cause more troubles. Just let the anesthesiologist know that you're on that medication so that anesthetics may be adjusted accordingly. ...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?

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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Can u have a colonoscopy done with something other than general anesthesia? Such as conscious sedation?

Yes: Intravenous sedation can be very effective in assuring comfort and sedation during a colonoscopy. General anesthesia, though used commonly because it can be "eliminated" so quickly from one's body, isn't mandatory. Discuss with your endoscopist or anesthesiologist! No worries! ...Read more

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I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

Very safe: In the hands of a competent anesthesia provider. These procedures are performed thousands of times every single day. Be well and good luck. ...Read more

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I'm Having a steroid shot and they give me anesthesia and then in 2 weeks having a colonoscopy where I'll have anesthesia. Is that safe?

I'm Having a steroid shot and they give me anesthesia and then in 2 weeks having a colonoscopy where I'll have anesthesia. Is that safe?

Yes: It may not even be the same type of anesthesia. Often local numbing with an injection is all that is needed when local steroids are administered. With a colonoscopy, usually drugs are administered through a IV line resulting in what is called conscious sedation. A 2 week gap is reassuring. Even when surgeries have to be performed "back to back" in emergency situations, all can be done safely:) ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a colonoscopy. Is a facility able to enforce anesthesia if I do not want to take it. They use propofol and I don't want it.

Informed consent: Nothing should be done before explaining pros and cons and obtaining your permission. Propofol is not the only choice, although it is probably best drug for it today. One can undergo colonoscopy without any anesthesia, the experience is likely to be quite unpleasant and stressful and conditions for the doctor performing it suboptimal, so I would invite you to address all your concerns beforehand. ...Read more

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I had a colonoscopy yesterday, today I'm very dizzy and nauseated, could that be from the anesthesia?

I had a colonoscopy yesterday, today I'm very dizzy and nauseated, could that be from the anesthesia?

Unlikely: To be the anesthesia as it was yesterday. More likely to be dehydration from having multiple bowel movements from the bowel prep. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy in one week. Will smoking marijuana today and tomorrow have bad effects with the anesthesia during my colonoscopy?

I have a colonoscopy in one week. Will smoking marijuana today and tomorrow have bad effects with the anesthesia during my colonoscopy?

Rx?: If not, the biggest threat might be legal. Also you don't mention the likely strength or the amounts. Never be excessive. If you're in a safe place - the physical effects should not present a problem in moderation I hope it all goes well. ...Read more

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What's the difference in anesthesia used for colonoscopy and that used in c section? If the patient was put to sleep for c section.

Sedation vs.: anesthesia. A person is only sedated for colonoscopy and does not lose consciousness as is the case with anesthesia. Anesthesia can be used for colonoscopy, though it is not needed. C-section requires anesthesia and cannot be done by sedation alone. ...Read more

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Doc could not complete colonoscopy due to severe angulation in sigmoid and thickened colon had anesthesia. Any future problem? What next?

Doc could not complete colonoscopy due to severe angulation in sigmoid and thickened colon had anesthesia. Any future problem? What next?

Sounds complicated: Given your history, it sounds very complicated! Recovering from a perforated colon, a colonoscopy is good to help get answers. There are very advanced docs who do colonoscopies with special equipment. It might be worth getting a referral to someone with more specialized training and tools who can try to navigate. ...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

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