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A 42-year-old member asked:

i am having surgeries 1 week apart. is that a safe duration between general anesthesia?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Should be fine: Your doctor must have a good reason to make such recommendation. If you are not sure, ask for clarification. Modern anesthesia is generally safe and surgeons do perform staged procedures when necessary.
Dr. Jon Krook
General Surgery 24 years experience
Depends: As far as the anesthesia goes, not much risk. However, the two surgeries could interact. If you have significant blood loss from the first surgery it could make the second more risky. If there are separate surgeons for each procedure, make sure they are aware of what the other is doing and talk to them about it.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: The medications used during your anesthesia should have disappeared from your body within 72 hours. As long as you anesthesiologist knows about your earlier operation this should not be a problem.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

I am so scared of general anesthesia/surgery. Any advice?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Very safe: It is not usual to be afraid of surgery and anesthesia.Talk to some one who went through similar procedure, speak to your family physician . Your surgeon and anesthetist will be happy to discuss with you before surgery, explain why you are afraid. You are luckier than your grandparents, due to remarkable progress for safety happened since that time.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long do the effects of general anesthesia last after the srugery is over?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Brief: Usually most all effects of a general anesthetic resolve in minutes of surgery. There can be some longer side effects of tiredness or groggy feeling. But your ability to breathe normally resolves nearly immediately. Longer surgery times with longer anesthetics can take a little more time to recover, but not much more. This also depends on if you have any underlying medical or lung conditions.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Are doctors pro or against general anesthesia in small routine surgery?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chetan Patel
Anesthesiology 35 years experience
Depends : If you are relatively healthy then yes getting anesthesia will not be a problem. If you have multiple medical problems complication rate rises then it is advisable to do with least amount of anesthetic and use local or nerve block.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Scared about general anesthesia for my surgery. What can you tell me to ease my worries?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Newman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
General anesthesia : Rest assured that general anesthesia is extremely safe when performed by an accredited practitioner in a properly accredited institution. Literally thousands of anesthetics are performed daily in the us and my patient's are often amazed at how easy the procedure/anesthetic was for them. I would encourage you to discuss you concerns with you anesthesia team/provider preoperatively.
A 25-year-old male asked:

How does general anesthesia wear off after surgery?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management 13 years experience
Many mechanisms: Two most common is blowing off anesthetic gases from your lungs and second decrease in concentration of anesthetic, sedative and pain medications in your blood. You will get an oxygen mask immediately after for a little while. Relax, take nice deep breaths in and out and you'll be out of the recovery unit in no time.

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