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How long does general anesthesia affect body?

How long does general anesthesia affect body?

It depends.: There should be no long lasting effects from general anesthesis itself. The risks of anesthesia depends on your underlying medical conditions. Ga is taxing and stressful to the system, especially if it is a complicated and lengthy surgery. The surgery has more possibilities for post-op complications but you still have to be aware of breathing issues, infections, bleeding, BP stability, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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I've always heard that under general anesthesia, it takes the body longer to heal. Is that true?

I've always heard that under general anesthesia, it takes the body longer to heal. Is that true?

General anesthesia: Is a state of immobility, no pain sensation, unconsciousness, and stable vital signs. All of that is used to perform surgery for it's duration. Once the surgery is over, you wake up very shortly after. Healing begins immediately and anesthesia doesn't interfere with it in any way. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

Possible: Many variables. Your age at the time, the reason for the anaesthesia, and most importantly the length of the anaesthesia are all factors that may cause long term affects. Also have to consider your vitals during the anaesthesia and especially oxygenation. Overall though anaesthesia is much safer today than ever. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthesia can you smoke?

How long before general anesthesia can you smoke?

Just stop: I know its easy to tell someone to just stop but stopping as early as possible will help your body get thru the experience as best as possible. Smoking will increase the carbon monoxide content in the blood (not a good gas to have in there), increases the secretions in the tracheo-bronchiole tree which makes it harder to move air and oxygenate. It is one thing you can do to improve outcome. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

General Anesthesia: You're totally unconscious and immobilized and you don't feel, sense or remember anything that happens during the anesthesia. Your vital systems are continuously monitored while you're under. The anesthesiologist will turn off the anesthetic drugs and you will gradually wake up. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

A lot: General anesthesia affects every organ systems in your body. It affect your brain, it depressed your heart, it lower blood pressure, it changes your breathing patterns etc...This is why general anesthesia is administered by a physician anesthesiologist who can compensate for the effects of general anesthesia on all of your organs. Today general anesthesia is very safe. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthesia is out of your system?

How long before general anesthesia is out of your system?

It depends: On what was used, how long it was used for and how well the patients body metabolizes and clears the medication.
For most modern anesthetics, the majority of the medication will clear within a few hours. Some people can have prolonged residual effects. ...Read more

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How long after general anesthesia is it completely out of your system?

Depends on drugs: General anesthesia isn't just one medication--it's a combination. Some induce sleep, some (like the anesthesia gases) maintain sleep, some relax muscles, some relieve pain, etc. Each is metabolized at a different rate. In general, you can expect them to vanish within 6-8 hours, but it will take longer if the kidneys or liver don't work well. Don't drive within 24 hours of having anesthesia. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What happens to your body when you go under general anesthesia?

Need a simple explaination for this. What happens to your body when you go under general anesthesia?

Brain waves: Your brain waves (EEG) will change and it depends what level of general anesthesia. The deeper the level the more changes. Your blood pressure and pulse may get lower. Your breathing will slow down then stop at some point if muscle relaxant is used. That is why you must have assisted venilation by the anesthesiologist. That why your vital signs, oxygen saturation must be monitored continuosly. ...Read more

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How long to breasfeed after general anesthesia, 2 hours surgery?

Another thought: Many lactation consultants are now instructing patients that there is no need to pump and dump from one exposure to general anesthesia. The amount that makes it to the milk is extremely small. Personnel preference must be respected however. There is no harm in dumping for 24 hrs. I agree though have a talk with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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

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

Several hours.: Most patients are awake almost immediately after anesthesia. However, the effects last several hours making the patient's sleepy and groggy. Often patients have no memory of being in recovery room, and this is the lingering effects of the anesthesia. This situation is compounded by the pain medications/narcotics that you will have after the surgery. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have a long-term effect on the memory after the operation?

Does general anesthesia have a long-term effect on the memory after the operation?

Rarely: There is evidence to suggest that rarely general anesthesia can result in long-term memory loss. This is mostly found in very elderly patients having major operations such as heart surgery and joint replacement. Millions of patients have had general anesthesia with no problems whatsoever in the postoperative period. Younger patients typically wake up feeling exactly the same as before. ...Read more

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How long does it take for normal bladder function to return after having general anesthesia?

How long does it take for normal bladder function to return after having general anesthesia?

Depends: Bladder function after surgery can depend on many things. Longer anesthesia, longer surgery, complicated pelvic surgery may have a few days before bladder function returns. If it is a shorter surgery or less complicated surgery, the bladder function may be normal immediately after surgery. ...Read more

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How long does diarrhea last after general anesthesia?

How long does diarrhea last after general anesthesia?

Uncommon: Post-anesthesia diarrhea is not common. Talk to your doctor if you are having it. ...Read more

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How long will I be sleepy for after general anesthesia?

How long will I be sleepy for after general anesthesia?

Depends: Depending on the surgery, you will wake up right after the surgery is done. As for the drowsiness well....some people claim they are ready to rock and roll right after and some people say it took them a full month to regain their sleep cycle. Hopefully the former and not the latter. ...Read more

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How long should I stop drinking pre-workouts before general anesthesia?

How long should I stop drinking pre-workouts before general anesthesia?

Question unclear: I don't completely understand your question. Usual guidelines before general anesthesia: clear liquids up to 2 hours before, and light solid food (such as toast) up to 6 hours before. No food after midnight in the case of an early morning procedure. Are you planning to exercise before your procedure? That might not be a good plan, as you would need more hydration/calories. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy done June 30 the procedure was 1 hour long and gave me general anesthesia, how long does it take to take it out of my system?

Anesthesia: General anesthetics can affect your memory, concentration and relflexes for a day or two. The anesthetic agent should have long since been metabolized and exited your body. ...Read more

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How long after general anesthesia do I need to abstain from breastfeeding?

Depends: It depends on what agents are used for the general anesthesia. The best resource is to ask the anesthesiologist who is sedating you. If you received propofol then it is recommended that you "pump and dump" for 48 hrs after the sedation. Inhaled anesthetics should be out of the system fairly quickly. Pain medications and anxiolytics have different half-lives depending on which is used. ...Read more

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How long does tip rhinoplasty take? Is it done under general anesthesia or sedation? What is recovery/result time compared to full rhinoplasty?

How long does tip rhinoplasty take? Is it done under general anesthesia or sedation? What is recovery/result time compared to full rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty recovery: Getting the new look you want can be very rewarding with the correct rhinoplasty technique. Your recovery varies with many variables: medical condition, skin thickness, extent of surgery, approach of incisions, diet, and general health. Keep in mind that your surgeon is the best to answer this specifically for you, but as a general rule the tip tends to retain swelling the longest. Good luck! ...Read more

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Iam having TMJ lavage inweek under general anesthesia how long will it take, how to prepare & what to expect when wake up, what should I avoid till time?

Iam having TMJ lavage inweek under general anesthesia how long will it take, how to prepare & what to expect when wake up, what should I avoid till time?

General Anesthesia: May speed up the process by allowing easier access to the tmj. But, plan on at least 1-2 hours. General anesthesia requires the placement of a breathing tube thru the nose (no worries; you'll already be "asleep" before the tube is inserted). No blood thinners (asa, ibuprofen) for several days ahead ; nothing to eat/drink 8-12 hours before, some soreness ; swelling after. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was on shoulder stabilisation 2 months ago. Since I itch all over body+rash on both shoulders. Is it possible that its caused by general anesthesia?

Doubt it: I assume you had general anesthesia 2 months ago for the surgical procedure. I can't imagine how general anesthesia could cause a rash that persists for 2 months. (some medications given during anesthesia may cause a rash that lasts for a few minutes. These are similar to a mild allergic reaction confined to the skin and resolve quickly.). ...Read more

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Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Are there any long-term side-effects of general anesthesia, such as memory loss or dementia?

Possible: Very rare but I have seen patients where this has happened - get a consult with aneurologist ...Read more

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Is lymph node biopsy in neck usually done under local or general anesthesia? How long until I recover and go back to normal activities?

Is lymph node biopsy in neck usually done under local or general anesthesia? How long until I recover and go back to normal activities?

Local anesthesia: Even for the excisional biopsy is a standard of care.
In case of the anxiety conscious sedation can be administrated. You will be able to return to normal activity the next day. ...Read more

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What is time period until manipulation after total knee? Very stiff. It's only 2 weeks out. General anesthesia? How long is procedure?

What is time period until manipulation after total knee? Very stiff. It's only 2 weeks out. General anesthesia? How long is procedure?

2weeks is too soon: A knee replacement is a giant operation. Therefore they hurt and require time and exercise to function well. Recovery is at least a 3 month process and some take one year. I use 90 degrees at 30 days as a baseline but every surgeon will have own criteria. Keep working hard and do what your doc says. Don't miss any pt or follow up appointments. Call your surgeon for more detailed answer. ...Read more

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How long should I stop smoking marijuana before general anesthesia?

How long should I stop smoking marijuana before general anesthesia?

How about now?: Would now be good for you? Smoking anything is giving your lungs extra toxins to deal with, not to mention brain effects of marijuana. Depending on frequency of use, your urine could be positive for several months -- but you want to be as healthy and clear as you can be, before general anesthesia. ...Read more

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My son is having surgery for inguinal hernias. Can you please help me understand the long term cognitive impacts of general anesthesia in infants?

My son is having surgery for inguinal hernias. Can you please help me understand the long term cognitive impacts of general anesthesia in infants?

Animal studies: Animal studies in rats and monkeys suggest that general anesthesia may affect the developing brain. However there are no human studies confirming this. As always there is a need to balance the risk of delaying a needed surgery with the theoretical risk of general anesthesia to infant brains. ...Read more

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Will my long term inhaled steroid asthma medicine (qvar) interfere with general anesthesia?

No, take your med: Qvar is being prescribed to help control the inflammation in your bronchi so you will be less susceptible to wheezing when challenged. Surgery and anesthesia are challenges. Therefore, you really need to stay on your medication regularly so you will have the easiest time when you are recovering. You should take it every day, even the morning of surgery. Get an asthma checkup before anesthesia. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from general anesthesia after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends: Depends on your body mass, the type of anesthesia used, the length of the procedure, and how your body metabolizes the anesthetic agent. Usually mostly worn off in 30 minutes to 2-3 hours, but may have some residual effects for 24hrs or longer. No 2 people are alike, so get your support system in order, and follow your oral surgeons post-surgical instructions to the letter. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

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 ...Read more