The short answer is probably. Propofol, also known as Diprivan, is a drug that I give to almost all of my patients. It is a very safe IV general anesthetic drug that is fast on and fast off; meaning that my patients wake up faster and with less drug hangover effect and nausea. After their procedure or operation, my patients, who have received only Propofol, feel better, clear-headed, and ready to get on with their day.
Fortunately, for my patients, I am a board certified anesthesiologist who administers Propofol in a safe environment with monitors, oxygen, and emergency equipment. I have the expert knowledge, training, and experience to keep my patients comfortable and safe during a procedure requiring anesthesia. For an anesthesiologist, Propofol is a safe IV general anesthetic that is a perfect drug for many patients and procedures.
Unfortunately, Michael Jackson had a cardiologist without the training, expertise, monitors, oxygen, or emergency equipment necessary to be giving Propofol and all of the other drugs that he was administering. The cardiologist was negligent in his care of Michael.
If you have any fears or concerns about Propofol or any part of your anesthetic, just ask your anesthesiologist. It is important that you have a clear understanding and feel comfortable throughout your anesthesia experience.
Bobbie Freeman, M.D.