Colonoscopies are routinely performed without sedation in Europe and Asia.
With health care costs rising, and staffing become scarce, a study suggests that a no-sedation colonoscopy can help on both fronts. Of 145 patients who elected to undergo a colonoscopy without sedation, 112 completed the procedure.
As a gastroenterologist shortage is looming, a no-sedation colonoscopy may become an option for some patients.
Additionally, patients do not need rides to and from the hospital, as required by those undergoing sedation, and the risk of a bowel perforation is dramatically reduced.