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A 50-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

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Dr. Neil Manago
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Good: In general, a premedication is given prior to going into the or so patients don't remember the induction of general anesthesia. If no premed is given, undergoing induction of general anesthesia is usually described as possibly a little burning or discomfort at the IV site then nothing until you wake up. Most people don't even remember this much.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is it like to go under general anesthesia?

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Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Relaxing/Soothing: Typically in the pre-op area you will have an IV placed & then on your way to the or you will be given a small dose of a benzodiazepine, which will make you very relaxed & somewhat amnestic. You will be placed supine on an or table & have more medication given through the iv, which will take just moments for you to fall asleep & then you will receive inhalation anesthetic & be intubated.
A 50-year-old member asked:

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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
Feelings Will Differ: Depending on how long the procedure lasts, how extensive the surgery is, your general medical condition and the types of medications you take routinely. After some procedures, a longer "wake-up" is desirable; for others, an immediate "wake-up "may occur, though you my have no memory of the events postoperatively until much later! prolonged sedation or antegrade amnesia are at work here.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

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

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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 36-year-old member asked:

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

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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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