The preferred method of colonoscopy sedation? Increasingly, it's propofol

More gastroenterologists and insurance companies are beginning to prefer the sedative propofol over traditional sedation for colonoscopies, despite the increased cost, according to a report in The Buffalo News.

Three details:

1. Propofol can cost $300 to $500 to administer. The drug is preferable due to its ability to put patients to sleep faster, meaning GIs may be able to find more precancerous lesions during a colonoscopy. Patients sedated with propofol also wake up easier with fewer side effects like nausea.

2. Traditionally, GI practices use a combination of benzodiazepine and an opiate to put patients under for a colonoscopy.

3. Propofol often requires an anesthesiologist or registered nurse anesthesiologist to administer it, while the traditional method can be administered by physicians of any specialty.

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