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Please tell me, are neuromuscular blockers and anesthesia the same?

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Dr. Foead Geula
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Not exactly: Anesthesia refers to your level of consciousness during surgery. With general anesthesia, patients are unconscious for the duration of surgery. Neuromuscular blockers are sometimes given during general anesthesia to relax the muscles near the operative site and facilitate surgical exposure.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: Neuromuscular blockers are drugs used in the practice of anesthesia but it is not an anesthetic. They are paralytics. They are NEVER used alone.

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Are neuromuscular blockers and anesthesia the same thing ?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Neuromuscular blocke: No they are not. Neuromuscular blocker is used to produce muscle relaxation. It may or may not be used under general anesthesia. Neuromuscular blocker produces paralysis that is reversible.

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