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Doctor insights on: Depression After General Anesthesia

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is it common to become severely depressed after receiving general anesthetic?

Is it common to become severely depressed after receiving general anesthetic?

No.: It is not common but not not unusual. That is, there are many factors that cause depression and having a procedure or a general anesthetic may unmask the underlying depression. There is a very small subset of people that become depressed from the ga just as there are a small subset of women that get depressed after delivering a baby (with or w/o an anesthetic). ...Read more

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My depression disappeared for only a week after I had my surgery. Could the ketamine in the anesthesia cause that?

My depression disappeared for only a week after I had my surgery. Could the ketamine in the anesthesia cause that?

May be: Ketamine is not approved for the treatment of depression though some doctors are using it for that purpose as an off label use. You may visit this site for information.
http://www. Npr. Org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/20/520169959/ketamine-for-severe-depression-how-do-you-not-offer-this-drug-to-people
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How common is to have spinal anesthesia for hysteroscopy d&c. I'm so scare of general anesthesia. Female/54yrs?

How common is to have spinal anesthesia for hysteroscopy d&c. I'm so scare of general anesthesia. Female/54yrs?

Not but possible: It can be done. Request that from your anesthesiologist or ask your gyn to request it for you. Good luck ...Read more

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I'm going under general anesthesia for a hysteroscopy/d&c I'm so afraid of going under general anesthesia. What are my chances of dying? 54yr female

I'm going under general anesthesia for a hysteroscopy/d&c I'm so afraid of going under general anesthesia. What are my chances of dying? 54yr female

You don't have to: Have general anesthesia for that, but if your health is generally good your chances of dying are very small approaching zero ...Read more

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Hysteroscopy/d&c what other anesthesia can I get for that other than general anesthesia. It seems that they are only giving me one option. 54yr/female?

Hysteroscopy/d&c what other anesthesia can I get for that other than general anesthesia. It seems that they are only giving me one option. 54yr/female?

Regional Anesthesia: Any form of regional anesthesia would suffice for this procedure. You can have spinal or epidural anesthesia.
In spinal or epidural a needle is inserted into your back. Fluids are injected to render the patient anesthetized. You are given some IV medication to "take the edge off" and make you amnesic. This is another safe way to proceed. ...Read more

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F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c for post menopausal bleeding I'll be under general anesthesia. What are my chances of not waking up? I'm so scared!!

F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c for post menopausal bleeding I'll be under general anesthesia. What are my chances of not waking up? I'm so scared!!

General: Anesthesia in United States of America in approved surgical center by a qualified Anesthesiologist is relatively safe. However preoperative medical clearance will ensure individual risk is addressed ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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


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