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Sedation Vs Anesthesia For Colonoscopy
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
Can u have a colonoscopy done with something other than general anesthesia? Such as conscious sedation?
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
I'm going under gen anesthesia 4 a tonsillectomy. Never had ga. How does ga compare 2 the IV sedation I had 4 my wisdom teeth & colonoscopy/endoscopy?
General Anes process: Once the IV is in, you will probably be given a small of sedative to help you feel relaxed. In the or, the ekg and other monitors will be applied. You will probably receive oxygen to breathe as other IV medications are given to achieve full anesthesia. You are never left alone while under anesthesia. We stay with you to monitor and adjust the anesthesia to keep you anesthetized and safe. ...Read more
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.
Have routine colonoscopy without sedation scheduled. I have to drive afterwards. Can I still have a pain medication for procedure? What could it be?
No: If you want sedation or pain meds someone else must drive you home... ...Read more
I had colonoscopy that was excruciating painful. The sedation didn't work. Now I am bleeding profusely & still in pain. Why? I thought this was painless?
If you are: Hemorrhaging - you need urgent medical assessment. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I take subutex regularly - what are my options for anesthesia during my planned upcoming colonoscopy?
I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy on tuesday and would like no sedation. Is this possible? What are the risks?
What do I have to do to make sure that my colonoscopy is done without sedation? I have had a terrible experience/allergy.
I just had a colonoscopy done a few hours ago and I want to have a cigarette. Is it ok to do so? I was given propofol as sedation.
No problem: Smoking is never a good idea but there is no contraindication to smoke under your present circumstances ...Read more
Had colonoscopy today w/heavy sedation. Feel like I'm breathing a little heavy or cant get a good full breathe. Normal after sedation?
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
I take one 8mg Suboxone strip daily. Will this interfere with my colonoscopy scheduled in four days. Will the anesthesia be effective?
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
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
Dought effect!: There should be no relation between the two! ...Read more
Can sedation medication for a colonoscopy cause a migraine? If so is there any way to prevent it from happening?
Migraines: Typically patient's receiving sedation for colonoscopy receive either Midazolam (versed), fentanyl (sublimaze), or Propofol (diprivan) or a combination of the above. I am not aware of these medications typically precipitating migraines but the trigger's for migraines are multiple and could easily include not eating prior to your procedure or mild dehydration. ...Read more
I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia
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
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
Scheduling a colonoscopy. Never been sedated and nervous about it. Gastro likes to only do full sedation. Should I look at other options?
Full sedation: Makes it easier, faster and more pleasant. Make sure the medication is administered by a dedicated anesthesiologist and that you are given oxygen supplementation and have your vital signs monitored. If you prefer light sedation, tell your doctor, but he may be unable to do a complete exam if you are too uncomfortable. ...Read more
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