Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on August 30, 2012
Jennifer Christie, MD, Gastroenterologist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta. Cinnamon Sullivan, MD, Anesthesiologist, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta. Jean Youngblood, Endoscopy Nurse, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.
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Cinnamon Sullivan, MD Anesthesiologist: Once we get you back there we're going to give you a little bit of oxygen in your nose… The doctor's going to ask you a couple of questions. Once they're done, we'll have you roll over onto your side… and then we're going to give you some more medicine and make you go off to sleep. You're going to feel something warm in your I-V. When an anesthesiologist is administering sedation for this procedure you're constantly monitored… We're watching your heart rate and rhythm, your blood pressure, your oxygen level and how deeply and how quickly you're breathing.
Jennifer Christie, MD Gastroenterologist, Emory University Hospital: How ya doin'? More than likely you won't experience any discomfort during the procedure… you will feel some air and distention after the procedure because I have to put air into your bowel to expand the colon so that I can see polyps and any abnormalities. There are risks involved in the procedure. The three major risks involved include, infection, bleeding, particularly if we have to take out a large polyp, as well as perforation…or poking a hole somewhere in the bowel. However this is extremely rare. It happens in one percent of the patients. The beautiful thing about colonoscopy is that we can find polyps during the procedure and actually take them out… If we find something more serious like a cancer, we'll take a tissue sample and then do some other tests to determine how advanced or how localized the cancer is and send you to the appropriate specialist to help taken care of…
Cinnamon Sullivan, MD Anesthesiologist: The nice thing about the drugs we use is that they come on fast and they go away fast. Okay your procedure's all done. Wake up. Take some deep breaths.