endoscopy with a sedative - any advantages?

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ldrunner
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   Posted 5/8/2014 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm having my third endoscopy in a week. The first two I just had my throat numbed and lay there wishing I was doing something else, but I have a new surgeon and he wants to use a sedative.
 
Is there any advantage to having a sedative? Does it allow the surgeon to do more and be more thorough?
 
The reason I don't want a sedative is I want to be able to ask questions afterwards.
 
Thanks for any help,
 
LD.

Hayleybw2
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   Posted 5/8/2014 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I had 2 endoscopies and both times the anesthesiologist used propofol. And right after the endoscopies the gastroenterologists spoke with me and I asked questions because you wake up easily from propofol and are clear headed enough. I would never do one without it. I cannot imagine how difficult it is with just having your throat numbed. Please think about finding somewhere they use this anesthesia. It really makes it an OK experience. Good luck!

TonyG
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   Posted 5/8/2014 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
All 4 of my endoscopies were done sedated with Versed. I can't imagine being awake during the procedure, especially if biopsies were taken. I usually received a full report from the GI doc with the results from the procedure. I then would call with questions after reading the report.
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Andy1986
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   Posted 5/8/2014 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
TonyG said...
All 4 of my endoscopies were done sedated with Versed. I can't imagine being awake during the procedure, especially if biopsies were taken. I usually received a full report from the GI doc with the results from the procedure. I then would call with questions after reading the report.


Ye biopsies hurt, in my second endoscopy they took about 4 from my esophagus and for one of them I actually let out a muffled scream lol.

I prefer it unsedated though just so I can walk out afterwards, and in the end the endoscopy is nothing compared to bad heartburn and gastritis episodes!

Hayleybw2
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   Posted 5/8/2014 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Andy, you can walk out afterwards with propofol. That's exactly what I did after both endoscopies. After speaking with my doctors. Really a breeze. No need to suffer if you don't have to. We certain endure enough with this condition and you don't have to endure any more discomfort with the endoscopies and biopsies if you don't want to.

Alcie
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   Posted 5/9/2014 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I refuse Versed. It does nothing for pain, just makes you forget afterwards. You should hear patients getting colonoscopies yell. I've had days lost after being given Versed - when I had expressly refused it in writing.

There's no reason for sedation unless you can't stand the procedure or the doctor wants to do something special. I get Propofol only because I'm a horrible gagger. I wake up with my brain intact.

ldrunner
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   Posted 5/11/2014 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice everyone. I think I'll go sedative-free and just have my throat numbed, it's horrible but it's not for long.
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