I posted about sedation risk about 2 weeks ago after hearing my dermatologist say he'd never be sedated due to risk factors. So a week ago I brought this up with my GI in my annual check-up. He brushed off the risk of propofol, end of discussion. I wonder if he really follows up with older patients however or whether their cognitive symptoms get assigned to something else.
Yes, I am thinking ahead of the years of c-scopes and am considering pursuing a non-sedation c-scope in the future. My GI always wants to schedule a scope but this time I was prepared (internet homework) and countered with "I thought the current protocol was every 4 years if I am in remission" and he backed off.
Yes, propofol is wonderful but as we get older anesthesia is a risk to be aware of. I'm thinking about hypnosis to ease my anxiety.
Thats exactly my thinking. I found the risk of sedation to be too steep considering it is possible to do it without. Its not for everyone, but it worth a try, especially if you are in remission - you shouldn't feel much. I won't quot e any percentages, but if you look at the data, complications are too high for my liking considering that I have to do this colonoscopy a gazillion times in my lifetime. Eventually, they add up, and eventually when i get older, the risks increase. Also, I may have a cardiac condition which I am not aware of yet.
My advice is, do the research first, watch the colonoscopies, read the studies about
satisfaction rate (upwards of 80-90% in the studies i found) and convince yourself about
it so that when you are on the table, you remember your rationale and go ahead rather than backing out. My heart rate was 150 in the room - i thought it was incredible considering my resting heart rate is normally around 40. The doctor said you look calm but your body is telling you to get out while your brain is rationalizing it!
Are you a male or female? I know its easier for males due to more simple anatomy, with a more 'straight' colon. For women, it may be harder, especially if they've had a pregnancy..
Give it a shot if you are considering it. A good experience will ultimately mean that you are likely to undertake more colonoscopies whilst you are in remission (especially if you are as scared as I am from the colonoscopy!), and this could save your life as it can detect early dysplasia, etc. If its too painful, you can quickly switch to sedation and won't have lost anything.