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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Overview)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in anesthesia is an anesthesiologist.


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What types of anesthesia are there?

What types of anesthesia are there?

Excellent question: General anesthesia is being put out completely. Regional anesthesia involves anesthesia only to the area involved such as a leg or an arm. Therevare many wsys to administer this. Local anesthesia is numbing of the nerves in a specific location. Sometimes different combinations are used to get the best results. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
2,203 Doctors shared insights

Anesthesia (Overview)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in anesthesia is an anesthesiologist.


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Is anesthesia safe?

Is anesthesia safe?

Yes: For most people. The more serious, chronic health problems one has, the higher the risk. ...Read more

Dr. Ernesto Pretto Dr. Pretto
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Anesthesia (Tip)

Who will administer the anesthesia? Will I have the opportunity to interview my anesthesia provider? ...See more

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What is anesthesia like?

What is anesthesia like?

Being asleep: A general anesthetic is similar to falling asleep. Once anesthesia is induced, the patient is no longer aware of what is happening in his/her environment. The body responds physiologically as it normally would. The anesthesia provider is there to monitor and control those reponses. Once the patient is awake again he/she will drowsy and tired for a while. ...Read more

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What is m.A.C. Anesthesia?

What is m.A.C. Anesthesia?

MAC anesthesia: Mac is an acronym for monitored anesthesia care. This implies that the patient is monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist, or board cert. Nurse anesthetist under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. There are varying degrees of sedation, from light, to mod. And deep. This will vary with the complexity of the case, and patient pref. Patient is fully monitored, ecg, bp, capnography, pulse ox. ...Read more

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In anesthesia, what is mac?

In anesthesia, what is mac?

Monitored Care: During monitored anesthesia care (mac) patients are given medications which cause sedation and relaxation so that minor procedures can be performed. Mac differs from general anesthesia in that the patient continues to breathe on their own without the use of a breathing tube. ...Read more

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Can you die from anesthesia?

Can you die from anesthesia?

Highly Unusual!: Anesthesia risks depend largely on the age and overall health of an individual, the severity of his/her condition, the urgency and duration of the procedure, and the experience and expertise of the entire surgical team. That said, the risk of death from anesthesia is exceedingly remote...Have a look at this reference

http://www. Anesthesiaweb. Org/risk. Php. ...Read more

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Why do we itch after anesthesia?

Why do we itch after anesthesia?

Thanks for asking!: Usually relates to narcotics as part of the general anesthetic. ...Read more

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Why does anesthesia make me sick?

Why does anesthesia make me sick?

Nausea: Do you mean sick as in nausea? General anesthesia activates parts of the brain that can cause nause. ...Read more

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What types of anesthesia are there?

Excellent question: General anesthesia is being put out completely. Regional anesthesia involves anesthesia only to the area involved such as a leg or an arm. Therevare many wsys to administer this. Local anesthesia is numbing of the nerves in a specific location. Sometimes different combinations are used to get the best results. ...Read more

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What is an inhalattional anesthesia?

What is an inhalattional anesthesia?

If anesthesia gas is: Used, whether it is vapor (started with ether, now - sevoflurane or isoflurane) or actual gas ("laughing gas" nitrous oxide or xenone) to induce and maintain state of unconsciousness and insensibility to pain by breathing it in and out, it is called inhalational anesthesia. In pure form it is primarily used for short procedures in kids, in adults usu. As a component of balanced general anesthesia ...Read more

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How has anesthesia impacted medicine?

How has anesthesia impacted medicine?

The ASA: Has been compared to the airline industry in research and progress in safety by attorneys ...Read more

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What makes you resistant to anesthesia?

What makes you resistant to anesthesia?

Genetics...: Different individuals may have varying sensitivities to anesthetics. Habitual drug use, especially of narcotics, may lead to the development of tolerance, so that higher doses are needed. ...Read more

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Can I go back to work after anesthesia?

Can I go back to work after anesthesia?

Type of anesthesia?: Type of surgery? Type of work you do? These collectively dictate a patient's ability to return to work. Your surgeon will give you these guidelines - he/she will know best based on your occupation, the surgery performed, and the anesthesia utilized. ...Read more

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Afraid I won't wake up from anesthesia?

Afraid I won't wake up from anesthesia?

Safe: Unless you are seriously ill at baseline or undergoing a high-risk operation, the risk if you having a major complication is very small. ...Read more

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Can anesthesia make you tell the truth?

Not really: One of the drugs given for anesthesia is like alcohol so it makes you more talkative and relaxed, and possibly you'd tell the truth, but "truth serums" are only in movies. ...Read more

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Why can't I eat after having anesthesia?

Nausea and Vomiting: Some of the anesthetic agents are prone to cause nausea after an anesthetic. This is why we want to make sure you are wide awake before we slowly introduce you back to food and drink. I have seen individuals doing quite well, until they took that first swallow of food. For your comfort we like to take this stage very slowly. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can anesthesia work?

Unknown.: Theories as to how general anesthesia works abound but simply put, the precise mechanism of action remains unknown. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about anesthesia awareness?

Awareness: Awareness under anesthesia is rare, reported to be around 0.13%. ...Read more

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What can I expect when I getting anesthesia?

What can I expect when I getting anesthesia?

You can relax: Once the IV is in, you will probably be given a small of sedative to help you feel relaxed. In the or, the ekg and other monitors will be applied. You will probably receive oxygen to breathe as other IV medications are given to achieve full anesthesia. You are never left alone while under anesthesia. We stay with you to monitor and adjust the anesthesia to keep you anesthetized and safe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about anesthesia techniques?

Dr. Eli Loch Dr. Loch
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Anesthesia: There are a multitude of anesthesia techniques available for general anesthesia (state of unconsciousness), regional anesthesia (nerve blocks) as well as conscious sedition, moderate sedation, and deep sedation. It would depend on what procedure you are having performed as to what the best anesthetic options are. ...Read more

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What can waking up from anesthesia feel like?

What can waking up from anesthesia feel like?

In the middle of sx: Do you mean waking up in the middle of surgery or afterwards. Waking up in the middle of surgery if you are receiving general anesthesia is rare. The standard wakeup after surgery feels like a fog and you may feel slightly weak. ...Read more

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Does anyone ever not wake up from anesthesia?

Does anyone ever not wake up from anesthesia?

"Never say never": General anesthesia is a reversible unconsciousness, it is very safe. It usually resolves in a matter of minutes. However, the anesthesia is practically never performed for it's own sake - it is conducted for surgical or diagnostic procedures, quite often on people who are really sick. Like with other meds, there is a risk of an overdose, unusual reaction or worsening of the main condition... ...Read more

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How is the post anesthesia recovery score used?

For discharge: Post anesthesia recovery score basically helps to tell when a patient is ready to discharge from the post-anesthesia care unit (pacu). Patients should be awake, have stable and normal vital signs, have controlled pain, minimal nausea, and show no ill effects from surgery or anesthesia. ...Read more

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What anesthesia is the safest that still works?

All are safe: When used appropriately. All types can also have complications. The discussion as to what is the best anesthesia for you depends on your health status and the type of surgery you are having. ...Read more

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If you get anesthesia, will you start to drool?

Drool: Local anesthesia for a dental procedure will do this. General anesthesia does not make you drool. ...Read more

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How is going under and coming out of anesthesia?

How is going under and coming out of anesthesia?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Same with waking up. Patients come to in the pacu after the op. ...Read more