Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

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Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby BarclayHD » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:29 pm

Getting a colonoscopy, never had one before.
The patient is asleep for this procedure, so it makes me wonder about some stuff.
My mother and father were diagnosed with sleep apnea, and I think I may have it as well, but I have never been tested.
Could that be a problem?

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby O Stoma Mia » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:44 am

Here is a 5-page Informed Consent document for colonoscopy. It does not mention sleep apnea among the potential problems, but it wouldn't hurt to mention this to the anesthesiologist before the procedure, because I would imagine they would have a way to make sure that the airway is open if sleep apnea were to occur.

Be sure to follow all of the prep instructions that you were given. That's very important for the success of the procedure.

Colonoscopy Informed Consent Document
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/consent/documents/shared_file_42.pdf

Anaesthesia Informed Consent Document
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/consent/documents/anaesthetic_01.pdf

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby AussieAssCancer » Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:20 am

O Stoma Mia is correct. I just looked at my paperwork and it’s not on there either.

Mine is tomorrow and although I HATE the prep (see my other post LOL), I love the sedation. Midazolam and a hint of Propofol is a great way to start/end a day, particularly with a healthy dose of IV fluids to make you feel fit as a fiddle when you wake up LOL!

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby Chickspeed » Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:35 am

I didn't take meds of any kind for my colonoscopy's it's an option where I live

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby susie0915 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:56 am

My last colonoscopy I was able to watch the whole thing on the screen. I even asked a couple questions. But didn't feel a thing. It was kind of cool. The two I had before I was totally out.
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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby behconsult » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:36 pm

No it will not be a problem for the following reasons

You will be hooked up to a pulse ox to measure o2 saturation
If your o2 is low you will likely already be on oxygen which can be turned up
You will be lying on your side which provides improved breathing as opposed to on your back.
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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby BarclayHD » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:37 pm

Chickspeed wrote:I didn't take meds of any kind for my colonoscopy's it's an option where I live

Lucky you, I'm going to be asleep.

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby BarclayHD » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:39 pm

behconsult wrote:No it will not be a problem for the following reasons

You will be hooked up to a pulse ox to measure o2 saturation
If your o2 is low you will likely already be on oxygen which can be turned up
You will be lying on your side which provides improved breathing as opposed to on your back.

This information is consistent with other descriptions of colonoscopy I have read.

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby BarclayHD » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:20 pm

O Stoma Mia wrote:Here is a 5-page Informed Consent document for colonoscopy. It does not mention sleep apnea among the potential problems, but it wouldn't hurt to mention this to the anesthesiologist before the procedure, because I would imagine they would have a way to make sure that the airway is open if sleep apnea were to occur.

Thank you for your insight. It's helpful!

Be sure to follow all of the prep instructions that you were given. That's very important for the success of the procedure.

I am very scared- my fear alone is enough to ensure my absolute compliance!


You are correct. Read the documents, and sleep apnea is not in there 8)

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Re: Getting A Colonoscopy With (potential) Sleep Apnea

Postby Hulaw2007 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:58 pm

Don't worry at all. I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and I sleep with a CPAP machine. I have had maybe 7 colonoscopies due to genetics and now my own history of polyps, with no problems. I've also had general anesthesia on many occasions and it went perfectly fine. Best of luck! Ps don't do the colonoscopy while awake. That sounds terrible


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