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I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

I'm having a Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy next week and being put to sleep. How safe are the procedures? I've never had anesthesia

Very safe: in the hands of a competent anesthesia provider. These procedures are performed thousands of times every single day. Be well and good luck. ...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


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What's the difference in anesthesia used for colonoscopy and that used in c section? If the patient was put to sleep for c section.

What's the difference in anesthesia used for colonoscopy and that used in c section? If the patient was put to sleep for c section.

Sedation vs.: anesthesia. A person is only sedated for colonoscopy and does not lose consciousness as is the case with anesthesia. Anesthesia can be used for colonoscopy, though it is not needed. C-section requires anesthesia and cannot be done by sedation alone. ...Read more

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Is it normal to sleep all day the day after getting general anesthia for a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Is it normal to sleep all day the day after getting general anesthia for a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Depends. . .: Different drugs used to achieve anesthesia have different half-lives which translates into different lengths of time for their effects to dissipate. Depending on the amount that was used to achieve, the sedation effect may linger for awhile. Anesthesia drugs tend to absorb into the fat tissues of the body and may be released slowly afterwards producing some lingering somnolence. ...Read more

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Does it take a while to get over the effects of twilight anesthesia for a colonoscopy?

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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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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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

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I take one 8mg Suboxone strip daily. Will this interfere with my colonoscopy scheduled in four days. Will the anesthesia be effective?

Should be fine.: What I wouldn't do is stop the Suboxone abruptly, as that could cause more troubles. Just let the anesthesiologist know that you're on that medication so that anesthetics may be adjusted accordingly. ...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?

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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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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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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