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By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"Scope (gastroscopy/colonoscopy) can not be done without sedatives.........."
So you have been advised a upper or lower "scope" for your digestive problem. I frequently hear from my patients, "I must be put to sleep for that, otherwise I wont be able to handle it". The use of sedation for the "scope" tests is practiced primarily in the US and other western countries. It is based on the belief that the scope is easier to perform and is better tolerated by the patient. The scientific data on both these issues is controversial. There is no question that sedation carries risks although they are rare. Use of sedatives also prevents the patients from working that day. I have had a few patients (emphasis on few), who insisted that they not get any sedation because they like to know what is going on with their body and also did not want to take the whole day off for the procedure. Be that as it may, use of sedatives is the standard of care in the US for most scope procedures.
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