Pain Free Procedures

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For procedures that require sedation, performed by Gastroenterology Consultants at Regional Surgicenter, you will be sedated using Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) with Propofol.  During your procedure, this anesthesia will be administered by our anesthesia team under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. You will be in a semi-conscious state, which will reduce your anxiety and provide a pain-free experience.  You will likely not remember having your procedure.

Propofol offers advantages for many patients regardless of the kind of procedure that they are undergoing.

Propofol is optimal for both the patient and the physician in that it provides optimal conditions for endoscope advancement and viewing by the physician, while providing superior comfort and recovery for the patient. It also has a lower risk for side effects, such as nausea. We at Gastroenterology Consultants believe that all patients deserve such quality, not just the sickest.

The amount of pain experienced by the patient is quite unpredictable. It is our concern that if a patient has an uncomfortable procedure, this may deter them and  their family members from future screening.

Propofol sedation allows colonoscopy to be done efficiently. The medication wears off much faster than traditional conscious sedation. Because propofol allows such a rapid recovery, patients can be in and out of Regional Surgicenter faster.

We also strongly believe that anesthesia professionals should administer this powerful anesthetic agent while closely monitoring its affects throughout the procedure.

Quick Fact Tip
When President George W. Bush had a colonoscopy back in June 2002, the medication the President received was propofol. It was also reported that the President was expected to have the procedure in the morning and then go running or exercising that afternoon. With some of the other types of medications, such a scenerio would not be possible.

“As a patient investigating a test that has been recommended for me, I like to question my physicians by asking what medications the President would be receiving if he were having the same test. When I phrase the question this way, I can generally find out what options exist for fast-acting medications. I’m personally not interested in taking any medications which put me out of commission for an entire day or days. So asking this question generally gets providers you’re working with to think along the lines of safety and efficiency in terms of minimal down time for work and other activities.”

- Arvind Movva, MD