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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 anesthesia is an anesthesiologist.

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How long does it take a person to regain his consciousness after being treated with total anesthesia?

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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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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General Anesthesia (Tip)

General Anesthesia

Myth: "i will wake up in the middle of surgery" -- extremely, extremely rare if not impossible. ...See more

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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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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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COPD (Tip)

COPD

The serious risk reduction for general anesthesia is to quit smoking 8 weeks before surgery. ...See more

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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.

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.

I in 350,000 cases: It is not normal to ask someone to put you to sleep while another works on you. The risks are minimal, in fact i tell my patients that they are more likely to have problems driving to the hospital to have the surgeon. Talk to your anesthesiologist before the operation and they can give you medications to relieve you anxiety. ...Read more

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Pain Management (Tip)

Pain Management

Having a procedure with general and local anesthesia will produce less post-operative pain. ...See more

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What kind of complications can you get from anesthesia?

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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