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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.

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I am interested in knowing whether I can have a tonsillectomy without general anesthesia. I am terrified of GA and won't have the surgery otherwise.

I am interested in knowing whether I can have a tonsillectomy without general anesthesia. I am terrified of GA and won't have the surgery otherwise.

Depends...: ...on the doctor -- I think most prefer at least conscious sedation. I'm old enough to have had my tonsils out under local only, and neither the surgeon nor I have fond memories of the process.

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I had a tonsillectomy done June 30 the procedure was 1 hour long and gave me general anesthesia, how long does it take to take it out of my system?

I had a tonsillectomy done June 30 the procedure was 1 hour long and gave me general anesthesia, how long does it take to take it out of my system?

Anesthesia: General anesthetics can affect your memory, concentration and relflexes for a day or two. The anesthetic agent should have long since been metabolized and exited your body.

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What are the risks of having THC in the system and going under general anesthesia? Scheduled tonsillectomy on 8/14 haven't smoked since the 8/1

What are the risks of having THC in the system and going under general anesthesia? Scheduled tonsillectomy on 8/14 haven't smoked since the 8/1

There are potential: It all depends on how much marijuana was being smoked. If someone is a once per week smoker, after 3-4 days, there will no longer be any THC found in the urine. There will unlikely be any interactions with general anesthesia. If someone had just smoked marijuana prior to surgery, there Is potential for cardiac and pulmonary depression.

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I'm having a tonsilectomy under general anesthesia. Why do I have to remove all of my clothes? Especially underwear?

I'm having a tonsilectomy under general anesthesia. Why do I have to remove all of my clothes? Especially underwear?

Safer!: Clothes made from synthetic fibers can generate static electricity--not good in the OR environment. Also, it's possible to lose bowel or bladder control under anesthesia, so best to remove underthings too. Don't worry--your personal privacy is always protected, and your entire body is covered by sheets and blankets.

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Is it possible to have a tonsillectomy under local anesthesia?

Is it possible to have a tonsillectomy under local anesthesia?

Tonsillectomy local: This is not impossible. As an anesthesiologist I have provided care with this under local - I doubt that you will find anyone in the USA willing to do this due to the high litigation environment and the over regulation by the government and then local regulation and then hospital policies.

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What are my anesthesia options for tonsillectomy? Do I have options?

What are my anesthesia options for tonsillectomy? Do I have options?

Tonsillectomy: No, it's not a sandwich, it's surgery and your surgeon will decide and it most likely be general endotracheal anesthesia or LMA.

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How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

5 Minutes: Most patients are awake almost immediately after anesthesia. However, the effects last several hours making the patient's sleepy and groggy. Often patients have no memory of being in recovery room, and this is the lingering effects of the anesthesia. This situation is compounded by the pain medications/narcotics that you will have after the surgery.

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Can I get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

Can I get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

General: Just try and imagine something operating in the very back of your throat. The discomfort, as well as the blood loss, would make it extremely uncomfortable. The only way to do this is under general anesthesia.

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I'm getting my tonsillectomy done on may 1st I'm so scared for the anesthesia and pain. What can I do? Also ice cream is out of the pic I'm allergic to milk

Anesthesia for: Tonsillectomy is very straightforward. Have any questions for your anesthesiologist written down and ask them during your preop evaluation. If necessary, ask your ENT for a preop anxiolytic. Have a pain control strategy in place, with meds available, before you go to sleep. That will help you manage the pain lastly, if ice cream won't work, try sorbets or cold drinks. Good luck.

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I'm going under gen anesthesia 4 a tonsillectomy. Never had ga. How does ga compare 2 the IV sedation I had 4 my wisdom teeth & colonoscopy/endoscopy?

I'm going under gen anesthesia 4 a tonsillectomy. Never had ga. How does ga compare 2 the IV sedation I had 4 my wisdom teeth & colonoscopy/endoscopy?

General Anes process: Once the IV is in, you will probably be given a small of sedative to help you feel relaxed. In the or, the ekg and other monitors will be applied. You will probably receive oxygen to breathe as other IV medications are given to achieve full anesthesia. You are never left alone while under anesthesia. We stay with you to monitor and adjust the anesthesia to keep you anesthetized and safe.

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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!

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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).

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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