Most often, either moderate sedation or deep sedation with the anesthetic propofol are used for colonoscopies. An anesthesiologist is sometimes present for moderate sedation — sometimes called conscious sedation by patients, though the term is technically incorrect.
How is sedation administered for colonoscopy?
Minimal to Moderate or “Conscious” Sedation – usually involves intravenous (IV) doses of sedatives and pain medications. You should be comfortable, but not totally unconscious. Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia – usually involves an anesthesia professional administering propofol with a pain medication.
What drug is used to put you to sleep for a colonoscopy?
What drug is used for general anesthesia or deep sedation for people having a colonoscopy? At Yale Medicine, anesthesiologists caring for patients who want deep sedation for their colonoscopy typically use a drug called propofol.
Is a colonoscopy painful without sedation?
Is a sedation-free colonoscopy painful or uncomfortable? Most patients report little or no discomfort during the procedure. You can request sedation during the procedure if you change your mind and feel you need it, although it has been my experience that this seldom occurs.
Will I poop during colonoscopy?
After your procedure, you may still pass some liquids from your colon. This could be some left over fluids from water we use to rinse out areas of the colon or it could be loose stool. Your bowel movements should return to whatever is normal for you in the following one to five days.
How long will I be on the toilet for colonoscopy prep?
In most cases, the colonoscopy procedure takes less than an hour, and your doctor will keep you as relaxed and comfortable as possible. On the other hand, a good bowel flush can take about 16 hours, and your doctor will not be there to help you.
How long are you sedated for a colonoscopy?
However, such complications are uncommon. Colonoscopy takes 30 to 60 minutes. The sedative and pain medicine should keep you from feeling much discomfort during the exam. You will need to remain at the physician’s office for 1 to 2 hours until the sedative wears off.
Is it normal to wake up during a colonoscopy?
Light: The patient is relaxed and sleepy, but most likely awake. The patient can respond to the doctor, follow any instructions, and may feel pain or discomfort. Moderate: The patient is drowsy and may go in and out of sleep. The patient most likely will not remember the procedure.
Can you sleep during colonoscopy prep?
If it’s in the morning, get up by 5 a.m. and drink the rest of your mixture as well as additional glasses of clear liquid. If you have an afternoon appointment, you can sleep until 7 a.m. and then drink your mixture.
How long colonoscopy takes?
The procedure itself usually takes from 15 to 60 minutes, but you should plan on spending 2 to 3 hours total to account for preparation, waiting and recovery time.