Propofol Sedation

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What is Propofol and What Purpose Does It Serve?

Propofol is a novel phenol derivative that has anxiolytic, hypnotic, anesthetic and antiemetic properties commonly used for sedation during gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures.

What are the Merits and Drawbacks of Propofol Sedation?

If propofol is administered during your GIE procedure, the onset of action is less than one minute and post-recovery and discharge periods are faster compared to when traditional sedative agents, like benzodiazepine are administered. Propofol is also thought to be safer and a more cost-effective sedative compared to conventional anesthetics.

However, propofol has the potential to cause rapid change in sedative depth without antidote, and has demonstrated marked synergy if other drugs are administered during procedure. Propofol has the potential to cause apnoea, respiratory obstruction and hypertension.

Depending upon the level of sedation required for your procedure, our highly trained team of doctors at Digestive Health Associates of Cheyenne will work with you to determine if propofol sedation is a safe option or if traditional anesthesia with tracheal intubation is recommended. All sedative plans and procedures are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the best approach for you.

Learn More: Propofol Sedation

Journal of Gastrointestinal & Digestive System

Journal of Digestive Endoscopy

World Journal of Gastroenterology

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