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What's it like to be put under general anesthetic?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Lose time: Many of my patients state that the time under anesthesia is like lost time --not sleep. They have no sense of what happened during the period of anesthesia and it is like they went through time.
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Rapid sleep: Normally you will be given intravenous medication either before you get to the operating room or a few minutes before you go to sleep which will relax you. Then you will be given a medication that will put you to sleep within 15 sec. Then the next thing you know u will be waking up. How long it takes to wake up depends on the amount and type mess you received.
Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr
Anesthesiology 52 years experience
With good sedation before surgery and a smooth induction, most patients won't remember going under anesthesia...and at times surprised surgery was over!
Feb 10, 2013

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