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I'm afraid of getting an endoscopy. Will they give me anesthesia?

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Most endoscopies are performed with light sedation, utilizing an analgesic and sedative.
These two usually do very well alone. These are not considered as general anesthesia. There is an anesthetic commonly used though for these types of procedures that has a greater sedative effect. It requires an additional health care provider to be present though. Endoscopies are low risk & well tolerated.

In brief: Yes

Most endoscopies are performed with light sedation, utilizing an analgesic and sedative.
These two usually do very well alone. These are not considered as general anesthesia. There is an anesthetic commonly used though for these types of procedures that has a greater sedative effect. It requires an additional health care provider to be present though. Endoscopies are low risk & well tolerated.
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Dr. Bing Shi
IV sedation without or with anesthesiologists. With anesthesiologists' presence, you can get deep sedation since we are qualified to give strong sedatives, without anesthesiologists, you get relatively light sedation, most time that is enough for GI procedures.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

We always use sedation with Propofol anesthesia in the office.
On other hand endoscopy is done unsedated in asia and most ENT docs do transnasal endoscopy with a smaller endoscope with no sedation. Prior to any procedure, you need to ask your doctor what type of sedation they are using.

In brief: Yes

We always use sedation with Propofol anesthesia in the office.
On other hand endoscopy is done unsedated in asia and most ENT docs do transnasal endoscopy with a smaller endoscope with no sedation. Prior to any procedure, you need to ask your doctor what type of sedation they are using.
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Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very safe

Anesthesia for endoscopy is very safe in the hands of an experienced anesthesiologist.
Make sure they monitor your ekg, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and breathing with capnography.

In brief: Very safe

Anesthesia for endoscopy is very safe in the hands of an experienced anesthesiologist.
Make sure they monitor your ekg, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and breathing with capnography.
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Dr. Kristi Moffat
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You will have an IV and be sedated.

In brief: Yes

You will have an IV and be sedated.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Depending on the type of endoscopy being performed, anesthesia is available and frequently used.
However, this may not adequately address why you are afraid. Being afraid of complications, pain, cancer, etc. Are all valid fears but anesthesia only addresses pain. You should consult with your doctor about your fear as well as inquire about the types of anesthesia available.

In brief: Yes

Depending on the type of endoscopy being performed, anesthesia is available and frequently used.
However, this may not adequately address why you are afraid. Being afraid of complications, pain, cancer, etc. Are all valid fears but anesthesia only addresses pain. You should consult with your doctor about your fear as well as inquire about the types of anesthesia available.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes

Either the endoscopist give you some sedative agents, or they ask anesthesia to provide the medications.
Either way you will not be aware for the procedure.

In brief: Yes

Either the endoscopist give you some sedative agents, or they ask anesthesia to provide the medications.
Either way you will not be aware for the procedure.
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Dr. John Stork
Anesthesiology

In brief: Mild sedation

General anesthesia is usually not needed for endoscopy.
Most adults can easily tolerate the procedure with mild sedation. For safety however, the sedation should be monitored by someone other than the person doing the procedure.

In brief: Mild sedation

General anesthesia is usually not needed for endoscopy.
Most adults can easily tolerate the procedure with mild sedation. For safety however, the sedation should be monitored by someone other than the person doing the procedure.
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