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Are you asleep during a colonoscopy?

Doctors use two types of anesthesia in colonoscopies. About 95% of colonoscopy patients receive deep sedation (general anesthesia) from propofol administered by an anesthesiologist. The other 5% have conscious sedation administered by the doctor.

Propofol takes about five minutes to make the patient unconscious. After the procedure, it takes another 10-15 minutes to wake up. Most people need someone to drive them home as the full effects can take hours to wear off.

The doctor may recommend conscious sedation for patients who have cardiovascular, blood pressure, or respiratory problems, as they may have medical issues or reactions with propofol.

What is a diagnostic colonoscopy?

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How do you feel after a diagnostic colonoscopy?

How long after a colonoscopy can you eat and drink again?

Do you get results immediately after the colonoscopy?

Why would you need a diagnostic colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a regular colonoscopy and a diagnostic colonoscopy?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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