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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

Dr. Tanya Russo
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...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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Can u have a colonoscopy done with something other than general anesthesia? Such as conscious sedation?

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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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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I have a lot of ptsd/anxiety issues and I have asperger's syndrome. I need a colonoscopy. Is that something that can be done in the or and under general anesthesia?

I have a lot of ptsd/anxiety issues and I have asperger's syndrome. I need a colonoscopy. Is that something that can be done in the or and under general anesthesia?

Talk with drs: Have a pre procedural visit with your doctor explaining your conditions. All medical procedures presume healthy mental status and mood. If you are at all unsure or uncertain, most doctors will make time to talk with you in detail about the procedure or collaborate with other doctors (psychologists and psychiatrists) to make the procedure clear and less anxiety provoking to the patient. ...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 **

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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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?

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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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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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


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