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How Does Conscious Sedation For Colonoscopies Work
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had a colonoscopy/endoscopy with conscious sedation (total 65 mg versed and 350 mcg fentanyl used): full memory, in extreme pain, traumatic. Normal?
Would two previous c-sections (last one 3 years back) make a colonoscopy more painful? I need to have it without sedation so i'd like to prepare.
Maybe: Hard to know. There is an increased risk of scar tissue so that could make the procedure more uncomfortable. However, a pediatric colonoscope may help. Share your concerns with your gastroenterologist and they can probably help you get through it. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have routine colonoscopy without sedation scheduled. I have to drive afterwards. Can i still have a pain medication for procedure? What could it be?
Get sedated: I usually recommend sedation for my colonoscopy patients. It makes it better/easier for both parties. Having said that, if you are strongly against sedation, here are a few general rules: it is more difficult to perform colonoscopies on thin females. The ideal candidate for unsedated colonoscopy is a short, slightly overweight male. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible, through proper sedation, to be awake, aware, relaxed, and pain-free for a colonoscopy?
Maybe, Usually No: For this, partial to full anesthesia routine, often with agents which block memory, e.g. Versed. Why? People don’t complain-of/remember pain + makes exam much easier & faster for md. I had exam with Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) 50 mg IV alone; fine through the 1st 2/3 & still remember the images on screen; then intense intestinal cramping began, could not stop it consciously, given 50 mg ? & passed out. Awoke later ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do to make a colonoscopy without sedation successful? Everyone is saying the pain is horrible :(
Colonoscopy: Why do you want to avoid sedation. It makes the procedure much easier both for you and the doctor performing it. The discomfort is highly variable from person to person, but if bipsies are necessary you really should be sedated. Discuss with the doctor who will be doing this. Some will refuse non-sedated patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?
Talk to your doc: Cscope can be uncomfortable-lots of loops, twists and turns in 5'-6' of bowel. Most pts and mds prefer a relaxed, comfortable patient: relaxes the bowel, makes for an easier procedure. Need not be "knocked out", just comfortable. Rare patient asks for cold sober procedure; most don't repeat it that way. Would have IV access anyway, in case you want or need meds or fluids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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