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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on situation: If surgery was extensive or prolonged, more meds are given during the course of general anesthesia and recovery will take longer. Conditions such as old age or poor function of the liver or kidneys can make medications take longer to wear off. So it's hard to say how long grogginess will last. After a short procedure in a healthy patient, the effects of general anesthesia will wear off quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The recovery from anesthesia can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on what medications are used, how long your surgery is, your age and other medical conditions you may have. Effects from local anesthesia (numbing medicine placed at your surgical site) usually last for 4-24 hours. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What are possible complications of general anesthetic for an operation if u are a diabetic and a smoker?
Several: Patients with diabetes have a risk of blood sugar abnormalities, increased risk of blood pressure changes, and aspiration of gastric contents if the condition is long standing. Diabetics are also at increased risk of heart attacks. Smokers are at risk for bronchospasm under anesthesia (even if you don't have asthma), low oxygen levels, mucus plugs, and other respiratory complications. ...Read more
I am due to have a general anesthetic in two days time, am on fourth day of champix, should I stop taking until after operation?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
General anesthesia: Most patients are afraid before surgery, often about anesthesia. It is quite normal to have this fear. Okay to talk to the anesthesia provider before or at the preoperative time. General anesthesia is very safe, effective and helpful during your surgery. However, you do have some choices, so discuss with your team. Be well and good luck. ...Read more
What is the surgery like for breast cancer, will i be put under general anesthetic or just local?
Might: Post op nausea and vomitting can be as high as 40%. Different medications increase risk. 4 big risks are: female, non- smoker, using narcotics post op and having ponv before. Pretreating with antiemetics and altering maintenance drugs can reduce risk by 77%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Since alcohol is is a depressant, in high enough doses could it be effectively used as a general anesthetic for surgery?
I am having bunion surgery shortly & wanting to know if I will be at risk from the general anesthetic as I take dihydrocodeine 30mg 3 times a day?
Post-OP Pain.: As stated earlier, there should be no increase of risk with general anesthesia. The issue that I have experienced is that controlling the post-operative pain may need a little more attention. Your pain threshold after the surgery may be a bit lower and require closer attention to the prescribed pain relievers. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Going for breat lift surgery tomorrow at 12pm. I have to take my birth control pill with a sip of water. Obviously i'm on npo for general anesthetic, can I take my pill at 9am with a sip of water?
General usually: Surgery for a deviated septum can be relatively simple or complicated and is often combined with other procedures such as treatment of the turbinates or the sinuses for breathing improvement. Also the other nasal cartilages/bone may be shaped to alter the appearance of the nose. Typically general anesthesia is used for comfort, control, and to protect your airway from bleeding. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
When i woke from general anesthetic from spinal surgery i woke with strong period cramps and then bled for 24hrs, 3 weeks early. Not preg. This normal?
Not Much is Known: Or has been researched about this topic, although cytokine levels do increase during periods of surgical stress and these proteins prepare, or "confer receptivity, " of the endometrium (inner uterus lining) for menstruation. Together with the cascade of stress hormones released during surgery, altered period timing either early or late is likely to happen. Great question! and, don't worry! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding i just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?
No: Postoperative cognitive decline (pocd) whereby there is a deterioration in cognitive (intellectual) or memory function is a known condition that can occur after general anesthesia. Although not normal the condition improves over time. At this time there is no treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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