Can I get a colonoscopy with general anesthesia?

This question was asked in Darlington, South Carolina on 04/23/2012.
I have had a colonoscopy before, and it was painful. Can the colonoscopy procedure be done under general anesthesia?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/25/2012

You may not be covered under your insurance plan for a colonoscopy under general anesthesia. Please arrange a visit with a gastroenterologist to discuss the rationale for use of a general anesthesia, as this has risks associated with it. If you do not have a gastroenterologist, please speak with your primary care doctor about the need to be seen at Indianapolis Gastroenterology.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/24/2012

We don't normally do them under general anesthesia, but you may request an anesthesiologist to give you deep sedation, and then you won't feel the colonoscopy.