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Can I get a colonoscopy with general anesthesia?

I have had a colonoscopy before, and it was painful. Can the colonoscopy procedure be done under general anesthesia?

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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.

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.

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