Sedation-free colonoscopies emerge as an option

02/16/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

A small group of U.S. physicians wants to make sedation-free colonoscopies more widely available for patients. Sedation-free screens currently make up only about 1% of U.S. colonoscopy procedures but are much more common in Europe and Asia. Supporters say sedation-free colonoscopies reduce the risk of adverse events, lower costs and boost convenience for patients.

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