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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can electronarcosis induce deep enough sleep for surgery?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: Patient is fully unconscious during the procedure, but no one even uses this anymore, so why the curiosity?
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Electronarcosis: This is what russian scientists were apparently searching for. The issue is that the patient may be immobilized, but still feel pain. Not a good plan for surgery. One study compared electronarcosis to block anesthesia in removing antlers from wapiti (elk). The elk showed more reaction to the procedure with electronarcosis. http://tinyurl.com/mfpa97w i won't be volunteering for this.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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They didn't even bother to hypnotize the elk first? I withdraw my previous answer. Well, throughout the Soviet era they did lumpectomies on women without anesthesia. At least the elk had it perhaps slightly better than the women I talked to. An assumption of course, as the elk was not available for interview.
Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
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Elk are very wise, and do not bother to discuss things with humans unless they pass certain trust tests first. :-)
Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I am wondering why there have been so many recent electronarcosis questions?
Oct 1, 2013

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Meriden, CT
A 23-year-old female asked:

How deep of a sleep does electronarcosis induce? I read it has been implicated for use as anesthesia in surgery?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Very deep.: It is pretty deep, subcoma level. It is similar to the sleep state in electroconvulsive therapy and is usually administered in a hospital with an anesthesiologist with other doctors present.Yes, it is used in surgery.
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
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I mispoke myself. Thank you Dr. Lawson- Boucher for bringing this to my attention. Electronarcosis has been solely used for the treatment of psychiatric conditions such as Paranoid Schizophrenia, severe Obsessive -compulsive disorders, Involutional Melancholia. It used to be thought as less severe than ECT because it doesn't case tonic-clonic convulsions. They were first used in 1902 .
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