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hi doctors, can you tell me what is it like to be under general anesthesia?

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Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Difficult question,: I have been under general anesthesia twice and don't remember anything, lots of patients report dreams during short anesthetics or not believing anything happened to them when they wake up.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

In general, how risky is general anesthesia?

3 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Very low risk: In an otherwise healthy patient, general anesthesia is very safe. But just like anything, it is not without risk. Minor risks include nausea and sore throat, which are a relatively common nuisance. Major risks such as heart attack and death are extremely rare. Some very rare anesthetic reactions, such as malignant hyperthermia, tend to run in families, so discuss this with your anesthesiologist.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat(transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two.
Dr. Kamel Ghandour
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Dr. Mackinnon is right. There can be many side effects. Remember that the side effects can be anticipated by your health history so be honest with your doctors so that they can minimize the side effects. Also remember that your doctors and nurses are trained to help you deal with and manage the side effects. Good luck.
Mar 3, 2012
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

7 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
Nothing: Usually there will be an anesthesia [person (md or crna) talking to you and relaxing you. You will be told to think of something pleasant and the medication is given. Most patients are asleep within 3-4 seconds and remember nothing.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Will I know what's happening while i'm under general anesthesia?

4 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Krook
General Surgery 24 years experience
No: You should not be aware of anything when you are under general anesthesia.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
If you do, there is something very wrong.
Sep 29, 2011
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Ditto
Oct 1, 2011
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the things you should do before you go under general anesthesia?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Meet anesthesiologis: General anesthesia is very safe. It is important to not eat the day of surgery, take any medications they tell you to early in the morning with some water. Discuss with the anesthesiologist your medical history, your procedure, and the anesthetic plan. Then relax, we'll take good care of you.

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