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Do You Need Anesthesia For Colonoscopy
Not usually: Diprivan, or propofol, is a medication used by professional anesthesiology personnel for sedation or to induce general anesthesia. When used for colonoscopy, it makes the patient sleep comfortably and wake up promptly. Since colonoscopy does not usually result in any pain afterwards other than a little cramping, other pain medications are not usually necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Helps the anesthetic: Maybe I should leave this for an anesthesiologist to answer, but basically it's because benzo's are relatively safe ; help relaxation ; forgetting the procedure, so that less general anesthesia (which is more hazardous) is needed. Often multiple drugs are used in anesthesia to balance the aims ; the medical risks. ...Read more
Need to make a decision: gastro suggest mac for colonoscopy, internist suggests consious sedation. Not sure what to do. Any thoughts?
Personal preference : Propofol, the michael jackson drug is frequently used by anesthesiologists working with gis. Allows for deeper sedation than conscious sedation. But it can also cost more and check with your insurer that they will cover it. When i had my colonoscopy i had propofol. As have a large number of other docs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usual medications: Nothing special needs to be taken after these procedures unless directed by your doctor. You can resume your usual medication unless you are taking aspirin and had a polyp removed or biopsy performed. If so you should wait a week after the procedure before resuming the aspirin. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: You don't need to have any sedation or analgesia for a colonoscopy, but it depends on your response to pain and your colon anatomy. I had my colonoscopy wide awake without sedation and went to work right afterwards. Diprivan is relatively common and depends on physician or regional preference. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most commonly, barium is administered into the rectum (along with air) for barium enema. If there is suspicion of bowel perforation, water soluble gastrografin is used instead. Gastrografin is hyperosmolar and can cause fluid shifts (fluid moves from the blood to the GI tract) and should be used with caution in hemodynamically unstable patients. Colon is then imaged with x-rays/fluoroscopy. ...Read more
Colonoscopy: For any procedure which involves anethesia, you need a recovery period to recover. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No,: you don't always need an endotracheal tube, an LMA can be used, or a mask for shorter procedures. ...Read more
Epidural: Maybe you mean a spinal....Very common for many trans urethral procedures.... ...Read more
Yes: Or at least you should. Procedural sedation is the norm and depending where you get the procedure, who is doing it and who is administering the sedation, will determine the level of sedation you will have (mild/moderate/deep). ...Read more
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