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general anaesthetic on friday, they told me not t smoke. can i smoke a vapour ecig?

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Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
No: Avoid any smoking prior to an anesthestic.

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A 56-year-old female asked:

What effects can a general anaesthetic have.

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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
Nausea: Vomiting, prolonged sedation, aspiration of vomitus and other side effects. All are often treated prophylactically for patients with risk factors. There are others but are very rare.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What to if I am scared of having a general anaesthetic. Any coping mechanisms?

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Dr. Lewis Margolis
Anesthesiology 48 years experience
Preparing for ops: General anesthesia is amazingly safe - safer than walking on the street! modern drugs and extensive continuous monitoring of the patient make surgery a safe, even pleasant experience. Please talk to your friendly anesthesiologist before scheduling a case with your surgeon; you will be pleasantly surprised and well informed!
A 32-year-old member asked:

Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

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Dr. Foead Geula
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Aspiration: With general anesthesia, the patient is rendered unconscious. This causes you to lose your cough and gag reflexes so if there's any food in your stomach, it may make its way into your lungs and cause a very serious pneumonia. Having an empty stomach decreases the risk of this serious adverse event.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

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Dr. Brian Nichol
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Nothing: After induction of anesthesia higher brain function "turns off" and consciousness is lost. Upon emergence of anesthesia the brain function returns and you wake up. You have no recall of time while under anesthesia or events that happened.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

Getting so terrified about general anaesthetic procedure on monday! don't think i'll wake up. Needs to be done though. Help?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Anethesia: This is a common fear. We now have monitors and much safer drugs for general anesthesia. Relate your fears to your anesthesiologist. They usually do a nice job of helping set your mind at ease. They may also be able to offer you a pre op sedative to relieve some of your anxiety.

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