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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

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Dr. Karen Sibert
2,199 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

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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 does anesthesia make me sick?

Pain stress genetics: There are lots of reasons why some people get nauseous after surgery and anesthesia. Pain and surgery cause stress; pain medication used to treat the pain of surgery cause nausea and vomiting in many patients. Women, time of menstrual cycle, history of motion sickness and type of surgery .Some types of anesthesia can cause more vomiting than other types ...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?

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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