Hi everyone.... I'm scheduled to have my first colonsocopy next week, & I have to admit, I am terrified. I'm horribly sqeamish, and on top of that, I have heard horror stories of patients being 'aware' during the procudure, when they were supposed to be knocked out. I'm hoping someone can put me at ease here... I'm losing a lot of sleep! Thanks!
Welcome to the gastroenterology community! I would not recommend researching "what can go wrong in a colonoscopy." Yes, things do go wrong, but in over 99% of the cases, everything is fine. I (and most other people) will tell you that the worse part of a colonoscopy is the prep because it tastes bad and because you have to spend all day having diarrhea. I had a colonoscopy at 16 and I was totally fine. Do you know what type of sedation you are going to get? Are you most afraid of waking up in the middle of the procedure?
I've had versed before and I didn't remember anything during the procedure. When I woke up from the procedure in the recovery room I was hallucinating a little bit (nothing scary just people talking) and my teeth were chattering. I was really out of it for about 10 minutes and then I was just fine.
I've also had other types of sedation and I can tell you about those if you like.
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