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Can general anesthesia cause constipation and swelling for more than 3 days after surgery! If yes, what are the remedies?

Can general anesthesia cause constipation and swelling for more than 3 days after surgery! If yes, what are the remedies?

Not likely: It's extremely unlikely for General Anesthesia to cause these symptoms- but very common for opioid based pain medications to cause constipation- and nearly every general anesthetic / surgery is accompanied by opioid pain meds- though 3 days out probably not related to that either, so much as any Norco/Percocet/hydrocodone, etc. you may have been taking after surgery for pain. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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 have constipation 48 hours after getting a general anesthesia.I have taken stool softener, prunes, and water. Is there an otcsuppositor?

I have constipation 48 hours after getting a general anesthesia.I have taken stool softener, prunes, and water. Is there an otcsuppositor?

See below: There are a variety of things that you can do to help. Increase fluid intake, try milk of magnesia, or use a fleet enema. I am sorry this is happening to you, hang on in there. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia caused by a gas or an injection?

Is general anesthesia caused by a gas or an injection?

Either or both: General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli. It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as propofol, sodium pentothal, and ketamine. Anesthesia gases (desflurane, sevoflurane) will also produce general anesthesia. Often you will receive a combination of both during surgery. ...Read more

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What causes the uncontrollable shaking and shivering after general anesthesia?

What causes the uncontrollable shaking and shivering after general anesthesia?

Just happens!: Shivering after general anesthesia sometimes happens even if a patient's temperature is normal, usually associated with the anesthesia gases such as Desflurane and sevoflurane. A small dose of Demerol will usually calm down the shivering. We see less of it these days now that we have warming blankets and fluid warmers in wide use in the operating rooms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Is it possible for general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Not really: General anesthesia sometimes involves a breathing tube or airway device that may cause numbness to the tongue but not the face. ...Read more

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Can general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tongue?

Can general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tongue?

Not typically: It would be unusual for numbness of the tongue to arise just from general anesthesia unless the anesthesiologist was exceptionally agressive during intubation and did significant damage in the mouth. Numbness in the face would also be very unlikely. ...Read more

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Might general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

Might general anesthesia cause numbness to face and tounge?

See below: It is not unusual to have some tongue numbness after anesthesia. This occurs because the endotracheal tube that is placed to help you breathe can sometimes put pressure on the tongue. This numbness usually resolves within a few days. The facial numbness is more unusual and i would talk to the anesthesiologist who didi your case. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are similarities between unconsciousness caused by trauma, and unconsciousness by general anesthesia?

Not likely: General anesthesia is a reversible condition. Unconsciousness from trauma often is temporary, but the duration is unknown because the mechanism is different. Trauma causes damage to nerve transmission from sweeping and direct cell damage. Anesthetic drug effects dissipate over time. ...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


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more