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I'm having laparoscopy surgery done to remove an iud. will i be able to hear and smell while i am asleep during the surgery?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: When asleep. Your brain is asleep and you will not be able to smell or hear what is going on. After the surgery you may note smells and as you awaken you may hear people talking and moving about. The medications usually administered give you somewhat of an amnesia for these things as well. Sweet dreams!

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Benjamin Sanidad Jr answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: Under general anesthesia with an endotracheal tube, there is no way you can smell but a possibility of awareness if anesthesia is not adequate. A bis can be used to monitor brain waves during the procedure.

Answered 5/19/2013

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: If a laparoscopy is being performed in conjunction with iud removal you will most likely be placed under general. You will not be awake to remember it.

Answered 3/16/2017

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Dr. Richard O'Leary answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: While under general anesthesia you won't feel, hear or smell anything.

Answered 7/5/2012

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Dr. Matt Malkin answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

No: Hearing and smell is receiving information from the environment and interpreting it. While your ears and nose may still receive information, general anesthesia prevents your brain from processing it. The same is true with pain. So you will essentially just have a memory gap. Studies are being done to look for subconscious processing of the information even if there is no way to remember it.

Answered 7/8/2012

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

No: Smell....No. Not under general anesthesia. Hearing is the last sense to go as you go to sleep for general anesthesia. Still it is very unlikely you will hear or remember hearing anything.

Answered 7/20/2012

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