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What does it feel like to go under and then wake up from general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to go under and then wake up from general anesthesia?

Lose time: Many of my patients state that the time under anesthesia is like lost time --not sleep. They have no sense of what happened during the period of anesthesia and it is like they went through time. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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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What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

What does it feel like when you go under and 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

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Do you normally wake up from general anesthesia feeling disoriented?

Do you normally wake up from general anesthesia feeling disoriented?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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Should I be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

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

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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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Could having a bad seizure when I'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

Could having a bad seizure when I'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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What is general anesthesia?

What is general anesthesia?

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

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Is general anesthesia safe?

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

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Is general anesthesia dangerous?

Is general anesthesia dangerous?

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

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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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Can you die from general anesthesia?

Can you die from general anesthesia?

Very rare: General anesthesia is very commonly used today, with extremely rare complications. Nothing is 100% safe, but this is much, much safer than even 10 years ago. ...Read more

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What drugs are in general anesthesia?

Lots: It usually depends on whether you have any allergies and what kind of surgery your getting. It is usually a cocktail. For general anesthesia, we use about 5 drugs to begin the process. Some are Lidocaine, propofol, versed, fentanyl, various gases, muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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When is general anesthesia necessary?

Several factors: It depends on the surgical procedure being performed and wether it can be safely performed under regional or local anesthesia as well as patient position and coexisting diseases. ...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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How can I recover from general anesthesia?

Reat: Generally speaking the medications given to you during your surgery will just wear off on their own. It is best however just to relax as your body recovers ...Read more

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What is it like getting general anesthesia?

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

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In general, how risky is general anesthesia?

In general, how risky is general anesthesia?

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

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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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How long does general anesthesia affect body?

How long does general anesthesia affect body?

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

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Is it possible to die from general anesthesia?

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

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What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

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

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What is it like to go under general anesthesia?

What is it like to go under 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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Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

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

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How long before general anesthesia can you smoke?

How long before general anesthesia can you smoke?

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

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Can you still feel pain under general anesthesia?

Can you still feel pain under general anesthesia?

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

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