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A 37-year-old female asked:

Names of typical/common drugs/steroids used for general anesthesia in outpatient sinus surgery? any risk of cancer side effects or other side effects?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
I would not worry: There is no such risk from medicines used for such operations. There is no such drugs used medically that can cause cancer. Steroids are also free from any such serious toxicity. So you can relax and trust your doctors.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Anesthesia meds: For a general anesthetic, you may receive intravenous medications such as midazolam, fentanyl, and propofol. You also may receive inhaled medications such as nitrous oxide or sevoflurane (administered with oxygen after you have fallen asleep under general anesthesia). Other medications may include anti-nausea drugs and steroids such as Hydrocortisone or dexamethasone.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: Multiple drugs can be used. These may inlcude: propofol, lidocaine, versed, fentanyl, robinol, neostigmine, rocuronium, isoflurane, desflurane. The risks of cancer side effects with any of these medications used in such small doses for such a short time is minuscule. Side effects that might affect you include nausea and vomiting.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Many options: Propofol, lidocaine, versed, fentanyl, isoflurane, desflurane, sevofluarane and many others are used. There is no reported risk of cancer with exposure to any of these drugs by a patient. Side effects that might affect you include nausea and vomiting.

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