If you’ve had a colonoscopy – or plan to have one, as you should if you are over 50 – there is a near 100 percent chance you’ve had the drug that is suspected in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.
In East Tennessee, one of our newest clients, Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA), performs the vast majority of colonoscopies. Their drug of choice for anesthesia: Propofol or, as it is sometimes known, Diprivan.
Dr. Bergein (Gene) Overholt of GIA, says the drug is a wonderful sedative when used properly in a medical setting with medical supervision by anesthesiologists or certified registered nurse anesthestists. But it should never be used at home without proper medical oversight. “It can have devastating consequences,” Dr. Overholt warns.
In this short news clip, Dr. Overholt, who is internationally known in his field, discusses Propofol with WBIR’s Robin Wilhoit. He says it should not be used as a sleep aid.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer in the United States, after lung cancer. Experts say 65,000 people will die this year of colorectal cancer in the United States. But it is usually treatable when it is caught early, which is what a colonoscopy can do.
Colonoscopies are painless thanks to the proper use of Propofol. Many lives have been saved by the procedure. So don’t let the recent publicity about Propofol deter you from this important screening procedure.
Michael Jackon provided his fans, including me, with many heart-stopping moments. Unfortunately, his improper use of this medication may have stopped his own heart.