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Doctor insights on: Sedation Given During A Colonoscopy

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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


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Can sedation given during a colonoscopy cause urinary retention in patients with moderate bph?

Possible: It depends on what medicine is used.If you are taking meds.for your BPH you should take with a sip of water the morning of your procedure ,as per the instructions,which I am sure you will be given. Get your colonoscopy and try not to worry. ...Read more

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3rd colonoscopy, 1st time painful during and after. Why tender in abdomen. Sedation was not effective . No gas, polyps, disease. CD in remission. ?

3rd colonoscopy, 1st time painful during and after. Why tender in abdomen. Sedation was not effective . No gas, polyps, disease.  CD in remission. ?

Unknown: If you are having a different reaction than before, talk to your doctor who did the scope. One thing we all worry about is an undiagnosed perforation of the colon. If you have that, you need treatment now. Tell your doctor your symptoms now. ...Read more

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Is it possible, through proper sedation, to be awake, aware, relaxed, and pain-free for a colonoscopy?

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 more

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What can I do to make a colonoscopy without sedation successful? Everyone is saying the pain is horrible :(

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 more

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I'm fine w/having a colonoscopy, but highly motivated to avoid any sedation. I am female. Is this a realistic goal?

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 more

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Should i consult an anesthesiologist for colonoscopy or no sedation?

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 more

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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.

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 more

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What type of sedation is safer for a colonoscopy? Concerned about propofol.

What type of sedation is safer for a colonoscopy? Concerned about propofol.

Proofol: Is probably the best, it wears completely off in very short time. Benzodiazepines and narcotics, even short-acting, have a residual effect making you drowsy and possibly sick for the rest of the day. Propofol is an antiemetic. But Propofol requires constant monitoring and special skills to administer to be as safe. ...Read more

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Do they use conscious sedation for colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Yes : And that may be sufficient. In my opinion, deep sedation and monitoring provided by an anesthesiologist is more comfortable, effective, efficient and safer paradigm. ...Read more

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I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?

No major risks: You can do both without sedation. There are no risks other than discomfort from cramping during the procedures as the scopes are advanced/manipulated in your digestive tract. The upper endoscopy can be more difficult to tolerate unsedated due to the gag reflex. ...Read more

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What do I have to do to make sure that my colonoscopy is done without sedation? I have had a terrible experience/allergy.

Colonoscopy : The sedation u take for colonoscopy , make u feel nothing . And it is better to take it , if u don't discuss it with u physician. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy today w/heavy sedation. Feel like I'm breathing a little heavy or cant get a good full breathe. Normal after sedation?

Had colonoscopy today w/heavy sedation. Feel like I'm breathing a little heavy or cant get a good full breathe. Normal after sedation?

Heavy breathing: interesting that you had a colonoscopy at such a young age. Were you having breathing problems before?
I would go to the emergency department and be evaluated. Your problems could be related to the procedure but also related to why you had the procedure. Do not wait and ignore it. ...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?

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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Had colonoscopy sedation did nothing, i screamed in pain dr said to shut up i'm scaring patients. Continue with dr after get results or should I run?

Had colonoscopy sedation did nothing, i screamed in pain dr said to shut up i'm scaring patients. Continue with dr after get results or should I run?

RUN: There should be no pain and in fact, you should not even remember the procedure with adequate sedation and anesthesia. In defense of your gi- the medicine to put you to sleep may have been adminsitered by another physician, an anesthesiologist: so before you run......Check on who gave you the medicine. ...Read more

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Can sedation for colonoscopy cause risks to someone with taccycardia or svt?

Can sedation for colonoscopy cause risks to someone with taccycardia or svt?

any procedure has: Risk . However , sedation for colonoscopy is considered to be light and low risk . There are anesthetic agentst that casue tachycardia like ketamine ( less frequently used ) that needs to be avoided . You need to know that you will be monitored and if your blood pressure or heart rate changes , all the necessary steps will be taken by the anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Is same sedation used for knee surgery as colonoscopy?

Is same sedation used for knee surgery as colonoscopy?

Sedation: Not on me. Knee surgery is much more involved than the colonoscopy. Give me the good stuff for the knee surgery. ...Read more

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