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Gas After General Anesthesia
Usually, yes: "laughing gas" is the slang term used sometimes for a gas called nitrous oxide. It is a weak anesthetic gas that is not usually enough to produce general anesthesia by itself. For surgery, it is used in combination with other gases such as sevoflurane or desflurane. In the dentist's office, it is sometimes given to supplement the local anesthesia that the dentist will use to numb the tooth. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Nothing: The induction of general anesthesia is designed to prevent the patient forming new memories during surgery. Some patients do dream during light general anesthetics. If a patient does have memories under anesthesia, they either had only IV sedation, or not enough anesthesia was given. ...Read more
I had surgery on my neck 8 months back under general anesthesia. Now I am getting headaches every day. Is it a side effect of ga?
Sometimes: Depending upon the procedure and the surgeons training, you will recieve general anesthesia or IV conscious sedation. This is reviewed at the consultation. The surgeon may do this in his office or sometimes in a hospital. Your medical history, overall health, and level of difficulty of extraction will determine the course. ...Read more
Sister is 15. She got general anesthesia instead of local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. It was 9 am and she got it through gas and iv. Why?
Sedation: Most if not all patients require some sedation for endoscopies. Usually this is accomplished by medication through an iv. Some patients, usually children, do not want an IV while they are awake, so an anesthesiologist can use gas to sedate the patient and then place an iv. The rest of the sedation will be done via the iv. Local anesthetic alone is not usually effective. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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