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A 44-year-old member asked:

please answer! what really happens when you go under general anesthetic?

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Dr. Ionel Rad
Dr. Ionel Rad answered
Anesthesiology 17 years experience
General anesthesia : When patients undergo general anesthesia, they lose consciousness and they don't remember anything about the event. The loss of consciousness is reversible, and when the medications wear off, the patients wake up.
Dr. Norman Cohen
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
In addition to not remembering, general anesthesia also provides analgesia (pain control) and often muscle relaxation to prevent involuntary movement during surgery.
Mar 2, 2014

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How long before general anesthetic will leave your system?

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Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Podiatry 40 years experience
Usually 24 hours: Usually within 24 hours, however different drugs are metabolized at different rates.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Do people have to stay overnight in hospital after general anesthetic?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No, but...: ...They should not drive (or "operate heavy machinery" like the labels always list). Furthermore, it is advisable to have an adult stay with them overnight.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of dying from general anesthetic?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
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Usually very low : The risks of death from anesthesia are usually very low. Of course medical conditions will increase your risk depending in the condition and the state of that condition.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can people to be allergic to general anesthetic?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes and no!: Several different meds are used in the administration of general anesthesia (ga). You can be allergic to almost any of them. Rarely, a severe reaction to anesthesia gases runs in families, and those people should never have ga without special precautions. Your anesthesiologist has special training to select the ga that is right for you. Anyone can receive ga safely with the right choice of meds.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long should my dad be under if he just received general anesthetic?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Depends on situation: The longer the procedure takes, the longer a patient will be sleepy afterwards. Elderly people take longer for medications to clear out of their systems. If your father needs pain medications after surgery, he will also feel sleepy from those. This is why it is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to wake up. But modern anesthesia medications usually wear off fairly soon.

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