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How Do You Wake Up From General Anesthesia
Feelings Will Differ: Depending on how long the procedure lasts, how extensive the surgery is, your general medical condition and the types of medications you take routinely. After some procedures, a longer "wake-up" is desirable; for others, an immediate "wake-up "may occur, though you my have no memory of the events postoperatively until much later! Prolonged sedation or antegrade amnesia are at work here. ...Read more
Was it long lasting?: If you remember being very disoriented after waking up from anesthesia, and it is troubling, it is reasonable to contact your anesthesiologist and find out if they were aware of your perceived disorientation and whether you had an unusual reaction to medication. This information will also help you be prepared for a future surgery. ...Read more
Is it normal for lungs to go from sounding good before general anesthesia to a little raspy right when you wake up?
Iam having TMJ lavage inweek under general anesthesia how long will it take, how to prepare & what to expect when wake up, what should I avoid till time?
General Anesthesia: May speed up the process by allowing easier access to the tmj. But, plan on at least 1-2 hours. General anesthesia requires the placement of a breathing tube thru the nose (no worries; you'll already be "asleep" before the tube is inserted). No blood thinners (asa, ibuprofen) for several days ahead ; nothing to eat/drink 8-12 hours before, some soreness ; swelling after. Good luck! ...Read more
Is it true the doctor told us that if the baby has flu etc. They can't inject general anesthesia cause the baby may not wake up. Is that true? Please I need an answer thank you
There's more to this: There's more to this story, because all use of anesthesia depends on the benefits vs. Risks of using anesthesia. Parents need to understand their whole story (using a translator if needed). If a baby has a cold or flu, and doesn't need a procedure today, he can get the procedure when he is better. On the other hand, if a sick baby breaks a leg in a car wreck, he will get anesthesia to fix his leg. ...Read more
Should I be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?
Discuss with doc: Many fears can be addressed if you talk to your healthcare professional. Egd ; colonoscopies are typically done only with sedation, and there is no general anesthesia. If you are really concerned, or if your md thinks you need general anesthesia, you will have an anesthesiologist there. ...Read more
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!!
My son is going under general anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction. He always gets horrible indigestion from anesthesia. What's the best thing to give him? He wakes up immediately with dry heaves.
Talk to MD: Your anesthesiologist should be able to treat this in a preventative manner before the operation. Discuss previous anesthetics and your concerns before the operation. ...Read more
Knee scope done under general anesthesia. Waking up in recovery room I was shivering and shaking. Why does that happen? Have very sore muscles now.
GA: Shivering and shaking is quite common after an operation and its due to body temp changes. This can also happen after a GA. The muscle pains are probably due to the use of succinylcholine - which is a paralyzing agent - you would have to check your records. The muscle pains will resolve. ...Read more
What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure, is not feel pain, and will not be aware the procedure being done, by anesthetic medications, your breathing is controlled, all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional (s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body. ...Read more
Yes.: General anesthesia has a long history with literally millions of people getting anesthetics every year. But there are risks. It is obviously riskier in the very young and very old. It is riskier if you have serious medical problems like congestive heart failure or COPD. It is riskier if you are having a very prolonged or complicated surgical procedure. But yes, general anesthesia is safe. ...Read more
Relative to what: I have done anesthesia for 42000 cases, no deaths, mi, wake ups during surgery for generals, no comas, my most frequent problems =16 broken teeth, 22 inhailing vomit giving 3 pneumonias, two nerve damages. Is that safe? When I started the death rate was 1 per 5000 now it is less than 1 per 200, 000 for healthy patients. Is that safe? Not nearly as safe as the airlines and it should be and can be. ...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
Normally: If you're an adult the nurses start an iv, then you may receive versed if anxious. After the versed you might not remember anything except waking up in the recovery room possibly nauseous. Otherwise you will receive Propofol in your IV after the monitors placed, sometimes causing a burning sensation, and a few seconds later you will be asleep and wake up in the recovery room or immediately prior. ...Read more
Very low risk: In an otherwise healthy patient, general anesthesia is very safe. But just like anything, it is not without risk. Minor risks include nausea and sore throat, which are a relatively common nuisance. Major risks such as heart attack and death are extremely rare. Some very rare anesthetic reactions, such as malignant hyperthermia, tend to run in families, so discuss this with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more
It depends.: There should be no long lasting effects from general anesthesis itself. The risks of anesthesia depends on your underlying medical conditions. Ga is taxing and stressful to the system, especially if it is a complicated and lengthy surgery. The surgery has more possibilities for post-op complications but you still have to be aware of breathing issues, infections, bleeding, BP stability, etc. ...Read more
Surgery & Anesthesia: Yes, but though this is rare, the more complicated your surgery the more both the surgeon and the anesthesiologist will review your situation in depth. They may ask for input form your family physician. And, even with all the precautions they can muster there are still some very sad outcomes. ...Read more
Suspended: Animation! From a patient persepctive, you count down to go out; next thing you know, you are awake and the procedure is over. Speaking from the memory of quadruple bypass 12 years ago. Surgeons insist the absolute taste alteration was from the anesthetic, but it lasted 2 weeks. ...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
Possible: Many variables. Your age at the time, the reason for the anaesthesia, and most importantly the length of the anaesthesia are all factors that may cause long term affects. Also have to consider your vitals during the anaesthesia and especially oxygenation. Overall though anaesthesia is much safer today than ever. ...Read more
Just stop: I know its easy to tell someone to just stop but stopping as early as possible will help your body get thru the experience as best as possible. Smoking will increase the carbon monoxide content in the blood (not a good gas to have in there), increases the secretions in the tracheo-bronchiole tree which makes it harder to move air and oxygenate. It is one thing you can do to improve outcome. ...Read more
Yes: General anesthesia essentially makes your brain ignore noxious (painful) stimuli. You still "feel" the pain (the painful stimuli get to the brain), but your brain mostly ignores it. With local anesthesia, the brain does not get the signal, since the anesthetics, simply, block the nerve conduction to the areas of the brain that process pain signals. ...Read more
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