(Closed) Has anyone ever had ‘twilight sedation’ for an endoscopy or colonoscopy?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’ve had a colonoscopy done before, but I’m not sure what you mean by twilight sedation? Are you lucid? I was knocked out, but I don’t believe it was general anesthesia. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@AussieSummer:  Twilight is not full anesthesia. Ive had it done when I had gum surgery. Basically youre awake, but in a dreamy, I dont give a shit state and you cant feel much, if anything. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just had an upper GI done last November. It was a breeze!! Actually, my wedding dress came in the day before and after the procedure I went to try on my dress.

When I got there, they hooked me up to the monitors and explained what would happen. I had to lay on my side and put a little thingy in my mouth to keep it open. After they gave me the sleepy stuff, it was like I was sleeping. I woke up a little while later and once I was fully awake, they let me go. I didn’t get a sore throat or anything. My mom was with me and apparently while I was still “out” I kept talking about how my Fiance “should get me some flowers.” Being the sweet lady my mom is, she called up Fiance and told him what I was talking about and he got some flowers for me. Smile

The worse part about the whole thing was not being able to eat before…I was STARVING.

Post # 7
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Newbee

@AussieSummer:  I’ve had twilight (also called “conscious” though you’re not really conscious for it!) sedation a handful of times. I’ve never had any issues from it. You don’t remember anything of the surgery, you don’t feel ANY pain. It’s safe.

During conscious sedation, you are still “awake” meaning that you can respond to the doctor’s orders like “turn your head to the right, chin up” kind of things, but you are not awake as we normally think of the term. You won’t be making conversation or anything. Basically you’ll lay there spaced out and only respond when the doctors or nurses directly talk to you. Otherwise you’ll be in your own la-la land not really aware of what is going on. Your gag reflex will still work, but once the scope or tube or whatever is passed the gag reflex relaxes. I work in healthcare and have dealt with patients under conscious sedation countless times.

They use conscious sedation in medicine for everything from wisdom tooth removal to dislocated shoulders. It’s a pretty routine procedure, and like I said, very safe. 🙂

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

@AussieSummer:  I don’t know what you mean by twilight, but I used to work in a GI office in the US.   Everybody always said they didn’t even remember a colonoscopy.  I think they got versed and demerol.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@AussieSummer:  Definetly go in the morning! That way you can eat as soon as you’re done! I didn’t hear or feel a thing. Once I was out, I was gone to everything else. The last thing I remember was putting the little thingy in my mouth.

I will say, I saw the camera and “tube” thing that they use and it looks huge…don’t let that scare you!! You won’t feel it!! I had a sh** ton of procedures done around the same time, and the upper gi was probably the easiest.

Post # 10
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Newbee

@AussieSummer:  You will not feel the scope going down your throat. You will already be “out”, so to speak. They will not start the procedure until they verify that the meds have taken affect (generally happens within a couple of seconds of administering them).

You will be able to hear the doctors talking, but won’t really listen, remember, or respond unless they directly ask you to do something. And you won’t remember it. You won’t feel a single thing until the procedure is completely over with and the meds have worn off.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I see twilight sleep alot. The last one was for a vena cava filter removal. If that dude could hang with the OR team and tell jokes while he was in his twilight sleep, as they were rooting around in his neck and groin veins, you’ll do very well with your procedure! Don’t fret! My husband had the same thing and he said it was no big deal. Drugs are good. 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

After you are given the sedation, possibly Versed or Midazolam, they spray the back of your throat with a benzocaine spray. This numbs your throat and stops you from gagging.

Another advantage of Midazolam is that you will have amnesia about the procedure, so even if you do have any gagging or numbness you won’t remember it.

Definitely take a morning slot if you can. you have to fast until the procedure so a morning slot means less fasting and most of the time is while you are asleep.

 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just had my second colonoscopy, this time they did aup upper GI at the same time.

The first time around was great, I was put under and didn’t feel a thing, just came to after and had a lot of gas. 

During my upper and lower GI I was waiting to fall asleep, and it never came. I felt like a chicken on a rotisserie, and I also felt every tissue sample they ripped out of my guts. I kept gagging because it was harder than they said to breathe through my nose, and I was watching the screen as the forceps pulled pieces of tissue off. It felt really effing weird not being put under for the procedure, being entered by mouth and ass, fishing for tissue bits. Yeah I highly recommend against twilight anesthesia or whatever it is called. Why risk it? Ruined my day, as if the prep the day before wasn’t hell enough.

Post # 15
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Wannabee

I have to get one done soon as a precaution. im trying not to think about it too much it really freaks me out the whole idea of it!

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