Well, it's that time again . . . time to clean 'em out, bend over and grease up. Yup. Colonoscopy time. You know, I didn't even know what a colonoscopy was until I was in my 50's. Probably a lot of you younger folks won't even know what I'm talking about here. You older ones will though, won't you . . . . hmmmmm? Let me put it to you this way: they shove a television camera up your ass. Here's a piece of advice from a guy who has seen not all, but a lot of it: if it ends in "oscopy," avoid it. I have had three of these bad boys previously and I am not looking forward to this one. During all three of the prior ones, I "woke up" in the middle of the procedure and experienced "discomfort," as the docs like to call it. Translation: it felt like someone was sticking a sword through my entire, lower body on all three occasions. The anesthetic involved was Versed. Versed is not an anesthetic in the pure sense. It does not knock you out - it just induces amnesia; you simply don't remember what happened. Docs like it because it is easier to administer, there is less risk and they can do it themselves - no anesthesiologist necessary. That's the good news. The bad news is that, with many patients, extreme pain can cause you to "come out of it" and, if that happens, you are in a world of hurt, because you are generally unable to communicate to the doctor that you have come out of it. You just have to lie there and take it. This time, I am insisting on doing it in the hospital with an anesthesiologist in attendance. Not going to come out of it a fourth time. OK - why this thread? I would like to hear from others who have gone through this procedure. How did it go for you? I will be amused to see how many folks pile on here to talk about how they went through a full colonoscopy with no anesthetic whatsoever. If you actually did that, more power to you. I suspect it didn't happen, but more power to you anyway. Anyone have any bad experiences with Versed in any context?