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I stopped breathing before I fell asleep when I was given general anaesthetic, when I was a child, is this normal?

I stopped breathing before I fell asleep when I was given general anaesthetic, when I was a child, is this normal?

Yes: The anesthesiologist was, no doubt, carefully monitoring your respirations - that's what they do! And would have or did assist your breathing had it been necessary. Anesthetics often suppress breathing so it's neither rare nor unexpected. Remember, you can suspend breathing for several minutes, especially at rest, without irreversible damage. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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All 4 wisdom teeth removed today under general anaesthetic. Bottom lip, chin & right side of tongue numb. Op finished at 9.30am. How long till normal?

All 4 wisdom teeth removed today under general anaesthetic. Bottom lip, chin & right side of tongue numb. Op finished at 9.30am. How long till normal?

Some time....: Dr. Luedecke and dr. Davantzis gave you great answers. "normal" referring to numbness gone or back to normal as before you had the teeth removed? Everything is highly dependent upon the extent of your surgery, the amount of bone removed, the specific anesthesia, your tendency to swell, your recuperative powers, the skill of your surgeon, etc. Hopefully you will heal quickly. ...Read more

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I had a operation yesterday on my ears & had a general anaesthetic, now I have a sore throat and have coughed a little blood up, is it normal?

Yes: It should be all gone by now - most likely it was from intubation, inserting breathing tube through the mouth for the time of surgery. ...Read more

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How was general anaesthetic found?

How was general anaesthetic found?

GA: Nitrous Oxide was discovered by Joseph Priestly in 1772. But, it was Humphry Davy who discovered that inhaling it inhibited pain. There were nitrous 'parties' and 'exhibitions' where people would inhale it and do stupid and sometimes painful things. In 1840, a dentist (Horace Wells) used it to deaden pain while pulling molars. The combination of the nitrous gas and opium made a reasonable GA. ...Read more

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How can a general anaesthetic work?

Induces unconcious: General an esthetics all induce an unconcious state in which the patient cannot feel stimuli. The exact mechanism is unknown and may vary between a esthetics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about general anaesthetic?

Can you tell me about general anaesthetic?

Definition: General anesthesia involves causing a loss of consciousness through the use of a combination of medications. Some of these medications are given through an IV and some are gases. In most cases, a breathing tube will be used (or other special breathing device).
If you have more specific questions, please submit another question.
http://hubpages. Com/hub/Insiders-Guide-to-General-Anesthesia ...Read more

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What effects can a general anaesthetic have.

What effects can a general anaesthetic have.

General anesthetics: General anesthesia can be obtained through volatile anesthetics and intravenous anesthetics. Overall, these medications are quite safe but they do impact many organ systems throughout the body. They depress consciousness, typically lower blood pressure and blood flow, and in some instances may interfere with normal kidney function. ...Read more

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In what way is a general anaesthetic administered?

In what way is a general anaesthetic administered?

General Anesthesia: A more appropriate way to approach this issue is to think about 1) the induction of general anesthesia and, 2) the maintenance of general anesthesia. Most general anesthetics are induced (started) with intravenous agents and then maintained with inhaled anesthetic gases. However, general anesthetics can be mask (gas) inductions and certainly general anesthetics can be maintained with IV agents. ...Read more

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What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

Nothing: After induction of anesthesia higher brain function "turns off" and consciousness is lost. Upon emergence of anesthesia the brain function returns and you wake up. You have no recall of time while under anesthesia or events that happened. ...Read more

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How long does it take to clear general anaesthetic?

How long does it take to clear general anaesthetic?

Short time: General anesthetics are cleared by the time a patient is released from the recovery room. Sedation may persist due to other pain, anti-nausea or sedative medications administered. ...Read more

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If had general anaesthetic before does this mean I can safely have it again without allergic reactions?

If had general anaesthetic before does this mean I can safely have it again without allergic reactions?

Anesthetic Allergy: A reaction to general anesthesia can be one of several different medical conditions. True allergies, such as the kind most people talk about, a reaction related to a genetic abnormalities or an ongoing diseases that limit your tolerance to anesthesia. If neither you nor your blood relatives have had a reaction before, you should be safe. If you are very ill the type and amount may be limited. ...Read more

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Getting so terrified about general anaesthetic procedure on monday! Don't think i'll wake up. Needs to be done though. Help?

Anethesia: This is a common fear. We now have monitors and much safer drugs for general anesthesia. Relate your fears to your anesthesiologist. They usually do a nice job of helping set your mind at ease. They may also be able to offer you a pre op sedative to relieve some of your anxiety. ...Read more

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Can general anaesthetic affect periods?

Not typically: General anesthesia does not typically impact periods, however, if the surgery itself (for which the patient requires general anesthesia) impacts the reproductive system, then the periods might change. ...Read more

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I have trigeminy and am wondering whether that would be an issue for having general anaesthetic for gastric bypass?

I have trigeminy and am wondering whether that would be an issue for having general anaesthetic for gastric bypass?

No problem: Your facial pain will not interfere with your genaral anesthesia.
it might be trigerred after the surgery but it will be the same intensity as you are having it now, no more or less. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have 2 general anaesthetic's within a month's time?

Is it safe to have 2 general anaesthetic's within a month's time?

Yes: The medications administered to you will be at unmeasurable levels by the time of the second anesthetic. Also there is no long lasting effects of anesthetics. Therefore multiple anesthetics may given over a short period of time. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Yes: Although an IV is typical, you could be put to sleep without one. If the surgery requires it, one could be inserted after you are asleep. ...Read more

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What to if I am scared of having a general anaesthetic. Any coping mechanisms?

What to if I am scared of having a general anaesthetic. Any coping mechanisms?

Discuss with doctor: The best advice is probably to discuss your concerns in detail with your anesthesiologist. The vast majority of anesthetics are extremely safe and have no significant adverse reactions.
There are a variety of mechanisms which have been described as having some value reducing anxiety including relaxation tapes and meditation. ...Read more

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How likely is survival of a 70 year old man going in for a general anaesthetic.?

How likely is survival of a 70 year old man going in for a general anaesthetic.?

Good anesthesia: A good anesthesiologist will give a 70 year old man a great chance of survival.

This age range is common for anesthesiologists now a days. ...Read more

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Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Prevent aspiration: During anesthesia you might regurgitate stomach contents. Since the airway reflexes are also anesthetized, this might enter the trachea and lungs where it can cause pneumonia.
It is safest to avoid oral intake, however the anesthesiologist can take precautions when surgery is necessary in a shorter time frame. ...Read more

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Got general anaesthetic end of week, I smoke, been told smoking can cause problems with the anaesthetic. I cant stop by the end of the week!

Got general anaesthetic end of week, I smoke, been told smoking can cause problems with the anaesthetic. I cant stop by the end of the week!

Smoking: Even stopping for 48 hours will help your body detoxify by eliminating carbon monoxide in your system. If you have smoked for many years, the comment made to you can also mean that you have significant lung damage (COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which puts you at higher risk for the surgery and afterward. Ask the anesthesiologist to explain the issues. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's getting a general anaesthetic like?

Being asleep: A general anesthetic is similar to falling asleep. Once anesthesia is induced, the patient is no longer aware of what is happening in his/her environment. The body responds physiologically as it normally would. The anesthesia provider is there to monitor and control those reponses. Once the patient is awake again he/she will drowsy and tired for a while. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain if you always need to intubate with a general anaesthetic?

No,: You don't always need an endotracheal tube, an LMA can be used, or a mask for shorter procedures. ...Read more