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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.


Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What types of anesthesia are there?

Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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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.


Dr. Scott Roethle
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
11 years in practice
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How long does it take a person to regain his consciousness after being treated with total anesthesia?

Dr. Scott Roethle
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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How long does it take a person to regain his consciousness after being treated with total anesthesia?

Everyone's different: Most people regain consciousness shortly after surgery as the anesthetic "wears off", usually within 30 minutes. Many people remain "groggy" for up to several hours after surgery, which may also mean continued amnesia; but this all may vary depending on the duration and severity of your procedure and how much additional pain medication you need after surgery. ...Read more

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

Dr. John Stork
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
38 years in practice
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What makes you resistant to anesthesia?

Dr. John Stork
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Scott Grover
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What types of anesthesia are there?

Dr. Scott Grover
Board Certified, General Surgery
21 years in practice
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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. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
24 years in practice
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Is there a safe way to give yourself anesthesia?

Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
24 years in practice
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No: Please let a professional do it.

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Dr. Angelo Andonakakis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
24 years in practice
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What is m.A.C. Anesthesia?

Dr. Angelo Andonakakis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
24 years in practice
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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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Dr. Gary Ritholz
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
25 years in practice
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How often do people die from anesthesia? I’ve read that it’s rare, but what does that really mean? I’m worried i could be one of those rare times and i’m not sure how to make sure i’m not.

Dr. Gary Ritholz
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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1.1 per million: The anesthesia-related death rate was 1.1 per million population> anesthesia complications were the underlying cause in (10.9%) and a contributing factor in (89.1%). 46.6% of the anesthesia-related deaths were due to overdose of anesthetics; 79.7% from adverse effects of anesthetics ; 19.1% resulted from complications during pregnancy, labor, and puerperium; and 1.2% due from faulty intubation. ...Read more

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Dr. Stefania Lima
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4 years in practice
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Would anything bad happen if you eat before you get put under with anesthesia?

Dr. Stefania Lima
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Aspiration: It greatly increases the risk of vomiting and aspirating stomach contents into the lungs. It's important to follow the surgical team reccomendations about the fasting time. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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What kind of complications can you get from anesthesia?

Dr. Karen Sibert
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
34 years in practice
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Range of effects: If you mean general anesthesia (being completely asleep for surgery), the most common side effect is nausea. The anesthesiologist can give medications to help prevent nausea. Other possible side effects are sore throat and possibly sore muscles. Rare complications include malignant hyperthermia (a hereditary problem) and prolonged anesthesia effects. Most people tolerate anesthesia just fine. ...Read more

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