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What does general anesthesia mean?

What does general anesthesia mean?

Fully unconscious: General anesthesia means you will be completely asleep, unable to respond to commands, unable to feel, hear or remember, and usually will have some kind of breathing device placed in your airway (throat). An anesthesiologist will monitor you closely and give you medications to keep you "asleep" and comfortable, keep you alive while operating on you, and most importantly wake you up! ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

A little: Some medications that are used for anesthesia might hurt but many anesthesiologists will give medications that will make you forget and some medications for pain before they give you the medications that is mostly known to hurt (propofol). ...Read more

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Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Yes: Anesthesia mortality over that last 50 years has gone from low to EXTREMELY low. In the wrong/poor hands, anything is possible, but, simply put death under anesthesia is about 10 times less than death when driving a car, and you don't ever think about that, do you? ...Read more

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What can being put on general anesthesia feel like?

It will begin: With an injection into your vein where you might feel dizzy or as if you had a few drinks but only for a few seconds before becoming unconscious. Then you will wake up, quickly in the operating room if a very short procedure, or in the recovery room. ...Read more

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What drugs are usually used in IV general anesthesia?

Primarily propofol: There are several IV meds but none have the "complete" profile for propofol as it has many characteristics needed for general anesthesia: amnesia, hypnosis and pain reliever. Despite its notoriety in the past by an androgynous pop star, its very safe in the proper hands of a professional who knows enough to monitor his/her patients diligently. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

Drowsy at first: Many people are surprised when they wake up, because it feels as though no time has passed at all. They can't believe that their procedure is actually over. You may feel a little groggy, and it's fine to go back to sleep. Mild nausea and a little pain from the surgery are also common. Ask your nurse for medicine to relieve nausea or pain. You'll feel more normal over the first hour or two. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put on general 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

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Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

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. Some patient s have said that anesthesia is the best sleep. ...Read more

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How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia blocks transmission of local nerves and nerve endings with local anesthetics applied locally. General anesthesia is systemic, introduced intravenously or by inhalation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

Induced coma: 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 remember anything that happens. ...Read more

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For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

Depends on surgery: The need for general anesthesia is usually based on the type of surgery. For minor surgery, local anesthesia with sedation may be sufficient. For babies and small children who don't tolerate needles, GA may be necessary because they can't hold still or follow command. Otherwise, the surgery is the most important factor in determining the best type of anesthesia: GA, nerve block, spinal, epidural ...Read more

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How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

Very little risk: I tell all my healthy patients undergoing general anesthesia that it is without a doubt safer than driving home! For a healthy individual, general anesthesia is extremely safe. The risks of anesthesia for a healthy patient are mostly related to nausea/vomiting and oral trauma (cut lip, dental damage, etc.). Rarely, an otherwise healthy patient can have an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

General anesthesia: General is a category. When you are in general anesthesia, you are assisted with breathing maintenance. Conscious anesthesia is a lighter form. ...Read more

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Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Twilight: Typically it is done in a sedative state known as conscious sedation but depending on the depth and reflex, general anesthesia may be necessary or occur. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be smoking before general anesthesia?

Is it okay to be smoking before general anesthesia?

Ok, but not the best: If you are every day smoker, benefits of not smoking on the day of surgery are minimal. If you quit 8 weeks before surgery benefits are significant. As an anesthesiologist I prefer patients who try to stop as early as they can, but if not I can accept it. ...Read more

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Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

Upper endoscopy?: Upper endoscopy is a medical procedure that inspects upper GI tract and helps to find find the source of symptoms. First you will be adequately sedated then endoscope is inserted and procedure is performed. During the recovery you might feel slightly bloated, but you’ll be able to eat after the procedure. The results of the test will be explained, unless biopsy was performed.
Painless. ...Read more

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What are the risks these days of general anesthesia?

Its very safe!: Efforts by anesthesiologist to improve the safety of anesthesia has made general anesthesia very safe today. Risks can include medication reactions, damage to teeth or eyes, nerve injuries, heart attack, stroke and death, however for most patients this risk is extremely remote. Certain medical conditions make anesthesia more risky such as obesity, heart conditions, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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I am so scared of general anesthesia/surgery. Any advice?

Get information!: Get information about the surgery you need, and about the kind of anesthesia that may be best for it. Talk with the anesthesiologist ahead of time so you have a better idea what to expect. Anesthesia and surgery carry risks, so check on the reputation of the doctors and hospital. Then you'll know you're in good hands. Once you're in the preop area, you can have a sedative to help you relax. ...Read more

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What r the risks of general anesthesia in 6 months old baby?

What r the risks of general anesthesia in 6 months old baby?

Depends on surgery: It's always hard to separate the risks of anesthesia from risks of surgery. Babies have anesthesia every day for procedures like correction of crossed eyes, as my daughter did at that age. She's doing great! If your baby needs surgery, your pediatric anesthesiologist will give the best kind of anesthesia for the surgery. That's why there are doctors who specialize in anesthesia for children. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia affect breastmilk?

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Does general anesthesia affect breastmilk?

Breast milk and drug: Usually general anesthesia use very short acting drugs either inhalation agents or intravenous medications. They do not stay in body for long, Usually less than 24 hours. Therefore they may have minimum effect on breast milk. One can pump the breast milk and store it for baby feeding for this short period. This is another way to avoid this issue. ...Read more

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Do they use general anesthesia after circumcision?

Do they use general anesthesia after circumcision?

Adult yes: For a jewish newborn when it's done by special rabbi, no anesthesia is used (little amount of the sweet wine orally). If it's done in the hospital, anesthesia is used.
If you are an adult general anesthesia/deep sedation is used. ...Read more

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Will a dentist ever give someone general anesthesia?

Will a dentist ever give someone general anesthesia?

A few will: There is a very small group of specialists called dental anesthesiologists who are recognized by a few states. They will provide true general anesthesia. More commonly, IV or conscious sedation will be provided by a dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist who has had proper training, or by a nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia harmful to a 7 week old fetus?

Variable: There are medications that we prefer not to use on the pregnant patient at this stage of development. Talk to your anesthesiologist about your concerns before the operation. ...Read more

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Can Appendectomy be done without general anesthesia?

NO: NO. BECAUSE THE SURGEON NEEDS THE PATIENT MUSCLE TO BE COMPLETELY RELAXED, AND THAT IS DONE ONLY WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA.

IT COULD BE DONE UNDER REGIONAL/LOCAL AND IV SEDATION BUT NOT EASY AND NOT PAINLES, NOT VERY SAFE. ...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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Is there any general anesthesia safe for nursing moms?

Is there any general anesthesia safe for nursing moms?

Sort of: Many medications are passed through breast milk. Most anesthetics use short-acting meds that are cleared from the body within about 24-hours. Some are better-studied than others. If you need medications for post-op pain, you should discuss with your surgeon. Recommendations as to when it is safe to resume breast feeding differ and should be discussed with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Can I have an appendectomy without general anesthesia?

You can have spinal: Yes can be done under spinal, speak to your doctor ...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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Can general anesthesia be dangerous for a 19 year old?

Can general anesthesia be dangerous for a 19 year old?

Depends: If done by well trained personnel it is very safe. If done by poorly trained or incompetent personnel there would be more risk. Ask questions and be sure of who is involved and how they came to be involved with your case. ...Read more

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Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

Regional: An epidural block refers to either anesthesia or analgesia. The later is used for pain control for labo, after surgery, renal stones or other pain conditions. The former is used for surgery itself. The difference is the strength of the local anesthetic used for the block. The stronger the dose the more numb you become. ...Read more

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What is it like to be put to sleep under general anesthesia?

What is it like to be put to sleep under general anesthesia?

Peaceful: Honestly the worst part of anesthesia is getting an iv. This feels like a small pinch on the back of a hand, then all the medication to relax you and put you to sleep will go through the iv. The best technique for patients is to talk to their anesthesiologist before the operation. The best anesthetic comes from a team of the patient and the doctor. ...Read more

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Chronic codeine use for years and general anesthesia safety?

Chronic codeine use for years and general anesthesia safety?

No problem, unless: It has harmed your body, you'll need increased narcotic dosages for analgesia and maybe alternatives like Toradol ...Read more

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What is the difference between versed and general anesthesia?

Versed: Is an anxiolytic that sedated and can cause amnesia. It can also be given as part of a balanced technique for sedation or general anesthesia. Under ga, you are completely unconscious. ...Read more

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Do children get general anesthesia when they get acupuncture?

Do children get general anesthesia when they get acupuncture?

No: Agree with Dr. Xanthopoulous. Usually acupuncture is painless or near painless. ...Read more

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How risky is general anesthesia/cystoscopy for a 3 month old?

How risky is general anesthesia/cystoscopy for a 3 month old?

It is very safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one in 350, 000 cases or more. Advances in monitoring, medical training, drugs and support have greatley decreased the risk. I would make sure that you have an anesthesiologist that works with pediatric patients. ...Read more

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What amount water can I drink before getting general anesthesia?

Timing is important!: It's not so much the amount, it's the timing. Some hospitals are very strict about nothing by mouth for 6-8 hours. Others will let you drink water up to 2-4 hours before surgery. Check with your hospital or surgery center about their policy. Do not eat any solid food after midnight or 6-8 hours before surgery. Clear liquids OK espcially if you need to take your meds, but nothing within 2 hours. ...Read more

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Please help me with this? Scared of surgery & general anesthesia?

Please help me with this? Scared of surgery & general anesthesia?

Talk to your MD's: As far as anesthesia, write down all your questions and concerns before surgery and when you meet with anesthesiologist ask him/her to address those concerns. General anesthesia is typically safe; as with any procedures, it has its benefits, risks and alternatives. As far as surgery, talk to your surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

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What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

Short-lived: General anesthesia that a mother receives passes through her system into the baby's system. However, it goes away quickly too. If the baby were born right away, it might be sleepy or need help with breathing. But assuming that the baby is not born yet, the anesthesia meds will be gone within a few hours. At 30 weeks, all the baby's organs and limbs are formed, so there is no risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Can you have a tonsillectomy without general anesthesia in the us?

No: The potential catastrophic effects of the surgery cannot be managed without anesthesia. Please discuss with your ENT surgeon why this is a bad idea. ...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