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What's the difference between a local and general anesthetic?

What's the difference between a local and general anesthetic?

Sleep: General anesthesia involves the patient being in a deep state of sleep with some method of airway control.

Local anesthesia can refer to a truly local anesthetic (numbing the skin of the operative area) or to a regional anesthetic (spinal anesthesia or nerve block). ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Can people to be allergic to general anesthetic?

Yes, sort of...: Patients are not allergic to "general anesthesia" but rather to one or more of the medications that maybe used in general anesthesia. If this is the case, different medications can be used in the anesthetic plan. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of general anesthetic?

What are the side effects of general anesthetic?

Many: Nausea, vomiting, disorientation, sedation, constipation. All of these problems are self-limited and usually respond to fluids and medication. ...Read more

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Is it bad to be smoking before general anesthetic?

Is it bad to be smoking before general anesthetic?

Yes: Smoking increases the risk of respiratory complications (both if you receive anesthesia and if you do not). Quitting smoking for many weeks helps patients have less airway and respiratory complications. Even quitting for few days might be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it common to have boils after general anesthetic?

Is it common to have boils after general anesthetic?

See your doctor: No it's not common to have boils after general anesthesia. See your doctor right away to be examined for infection or delayed allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of general anesthetic?

What are the long term side effects of general anesthetic?

Highly unlikely: There are very few long term effects from general anesthesia in the vast majority of cases. There is some controversy over whether mental function can be diminished, but even if this is the case it would only be detected by sophisticated testing. ...Read more

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How long should my dad be under if he just received general anesthetic?

How long should my dad be under if he just received general anesthetic?

Depends on situation: The longer the procedure takes, the longer a patient will be sleepy afterwards. Elderly people take longer for medications to clear out of their systems. If your father needs pain medications after surgery, he will also feel sleepy from those. This is why it is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to wake up. But modern anesthesia medications usually wear off fairly soon. ...Read more

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What to expect for first time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

What to expect for first time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Evaluation: Expect to be evaluated by your anesthesiologist the morning of surgery if you have not already. They should explain the entire process and will be able to answer questions for you. But briefly, you will get an iv, be connected to monitors for heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels before going off to sleep. You will also breath oxygen for several minutes just before going off the sleep. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for 1st time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Can you give me suggestions for 1st time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Be calm: General anesthetics are very safe. Don't eat of drink anything at least 8 hours prior to scheduled surgery with the exception of sip of water with medications that you may be taking on a routine basis, especially for high blood pressure, seizure disorder, reflux meds. If you are on a lot of medications, simplest to have them listed down for anesthesiologist. Get a good nihht's sleep. ...Read more

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Is it impossible to drive after given general anesthetic, even for a 15 minute operation?

Not wise!: During general anesthesia, however brief, you receive medications that alter your mental function and judgment. The medications leave your system fairly quickly if your kidneys and liver work well, but they would still be measurable in your blood stream in small amounts. If you drive and get into an accident, it would be the same as if you were driving drunk. Have someone drive you home! ...Read more

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Can a general anesthetic make you dumb? Also can a general anesthetic cause mental retardation?

Can a general anesthetic make you dumb? Also can a general anesthetic cause mental retardation?

Not usually: General anesthesia in the hands of a skilled anesthesiologist is a safe approach. However there are circumstances when during anesthesia, blood pressure falls too far and for too long, or there is a prolonged period of lack of oxygen, that can result in brain damage. If you are considering surgery, speak to your surgeon and the anesthesiologist about the risks. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before going back to work after an operation involving general anesthetic?

How long should I wait before going back to work after an operation involving general anesthetic?

Depends: Your work clearance will actually depend on the nature of your surgery rather than the fact it was done under general anesthesia. The recovery from general anesthesia is short (1-2 days at maximum), while the extent of your surgery will mandate the decision for clearance. ...Read more

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I have surgery friday and am going to have a general anesthetic. Will I have to reschedule if I'm sick with a cold?

I have surgery friday and am going to have a general anesthetic. Will I have to reschedule if I'm sick with a cold?

Surgery and a Cold: Possibly. Both your anesthesiologist and surgeon will conduct a focused history of this illness and do a physical exam. They will then assess the risk of undergoing an elective procedure in the face of your current health status. Fever, a productive cough, malaise, reactive/congested airways can increase your risk of complications peri-operatively. ...Read more

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What preparation is required for the dghal or doppler guided halo? Will a local or general anesthetic be required?

Depends on patient: These are questions to be discussed with one's physician since one's age, weight, & physical condition influence how one is medicated & managed during & after the procedure. The surgeon may decide to use conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia. The doc will also advise which meds should or should not be taken the day of procedure. ...Read more

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Why do you have to remove body piercings before operations using general anesthetic?

Electrocautery: Most surgeons use electrical devices during surgery to cauterize small vessels to help control bleeding. Metalic piercings can create skin burns. ...Read more

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Is it an options to get an epidural instead of a general anesthetic for a hysterectomy?

Is it an options to get an epidural instead of a general anesthetic for a hysterectomy?

Yes: Although not a common choice. Maybe a combined general-epidural technique if you want to minimize exposure to anesthetics. ...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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Is it normal to use general anesthetic if you have to have just one tooth extracted?

Is it normal to use general anesthetic if you have to have just one tooth extracted?

No: But this is a personal issue. Did you discuss alternative treatments with your surgeon? ...Read more

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Is it common to use general anesthetic if you only have to have one tooth extracted?

Is it common to use general anesthetic if you only have to have one tooth extracted?

Yes and no.: Most dentists and oral surgeons do not use general anesthesia which is used in hospital operating rooms and is administered by an anesthesiologist. Most oral surgeons use "iv analgesia". The patient is sedated making the procedure easier for the patient and the surgeon- even for one tooth. ...Read more

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It happens that a person have knee surgery without a general anesthetic?

Spinal, epidural, etc: There are several excellent alternatives to general anesthesia. This can easily be done with spinal or epidural anesthesia. It can also be done with a combination of nerve blocks, and the big advantage to this is long-lasting pain relief after surgery. It can last for days in some cases. You can still be lightly sedated if you are worried about listening to what's happening. ...Read more

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I'm having 3 teeth removed under general anesthetic, and don't know what to expect afterwards?

Depends: The more difficult the extractions, the more discomfort afterwards. Direct correlation!
follow the post-op directions they will give you and you will be fine. ...Read more

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Is general anesthetic safe?

Is general anesthetic safe?

Extremely low risks.: Anesthesiology has become the 'poster child' of improved safety in medicine. The risks directly attributed to anesthesia alone are now so low that they become hard to estimate. Latest estimates put the risk of major morbidity or mortality at one in several hundred thousand. Much lower than the risk of being struck by lightning. ...Read more

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What is a general anesthetic?

Induces anesthesia: A general anesthetic is a molecule that when given to a patient induces a state of general anesthesia characterized by unconsciousness, amnesia and often immobility. General anesthetics are usually in IV or inhaled gas form. ...Read more

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Can general anesthetic make me sick?

Yes: Very common to have nausea and vomiting after for a short period of time. Everyone reacts differently. Modern general anes is very safe. ...Read more

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What's it like to be put under general anesthetic?

Rapid sleep: Normally you will be given intravenous medication either before you get to the operating room or a few minutes before you go to sleep which will relax you. Then you will be given a medication that will put you to sleep within 15 sec. Then the next thing you know u will be waking up. How long it takes to wake up depends on the amount and type mess you received. ...Read more

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Can general anesthetic hang around in your system?

Can general anesthetic hang around in your system?

24 hrs: Typically, patients receive multiple medications during a general anesthetic (narcotics, inhalational gases, benzodiazines, etc). Most of these drugs wear off really fast, but depending on patient's medical status, dose of drug or indications for the drug, some medications take longer to wear off. Therefore, patients are told to be supervised for at least 24 hrs after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can there be complications from a general anesthetic?

Can there be complications from a general anesthetic?

Yes: And they range from nausea and sore throat to stroke and death. Discuss your concerns with your surgeon and anesthesiologists. They will help you understand your individualized risk. ...Read more

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What are the chances of dying from general anesthetic?

Usually very low: The risks of death from anesthesia are usually very low. Of course medical conditions will increase your risk depending in the condition and the state of that condition. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthetic will leave your system?

Usually 24 hours: Usually within 24 hours, however different drugs are metabolized at different rates. ...Read more

Dr. Ron Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Definition)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result ...Read more


Anesthetic (Definition)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation ...Read more