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How patient with emphysema can recover from general anesthesia?

How patient with emphysema can recover from general anesthesia?

Under care: The patient with emphysema is sensitive to many of our anesthetic agents, that is they will depress their already damaged pulmonary function. This means that a patient with emphysema is going to spend more time in the post anesthesia care unit to make sure that they can breathe with minimal assistance. Having the patient spend the night after an operation is another way that they can be carefully. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Is it harder for people with emphysema to get enough oxygen while they're under general anesthesia?

Is it harder for people with emphysema to get enough oxygen while they're under general anesthesia?

Not usually: Room air contains only 21% oxygen. When a patient is under general anesthesia, we can increase the amount of oxygen breathed to 100% if necessary. So even with emphysema, it is rare to have problems receiving enough oxygen. However, patients with emphysema will have a harder time breathing on their own and recovering after surgery and general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a port that gets implanted into the chest of a patient before undergoing chemotherapy? General anesthesia and ?

Can you tell me about a port that gets implanted into the chest of a patient before undergoing chemotherapy? General anesthesia and ?

Access Vein: Implanted port is to access vein for chemotherapy and not to use peripheral vein freouently especially in pediatrics because start iv, is very difficult in children because the vein are very small . ...Read more

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Why do you need to give a patient a benzodiazipine prior to surgery with general anesthesia?

Helps the anesthetic: Maybe I should leave this for an anesthesiologist to answer, but basically it's because benzo's are relatively safe ; help relaxation ; forgetting the procedure, so that less general anesthesia (which is more hazardous) is needed. Often multiple drugs are used in anesthesia to balance the aims ; the medical risks. ...Read more

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What do patients remember if under general anesthesia or laughing gas?

Nothing: The induction of general anesthesia is designed to prevent the patient forming new memories during surgery. Some patients do dream during light general anesthetics. If a patient does have memories under anesthesia, they either had only IV sedation, or not enough anesthesia was given. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient can't start breathing again on their own after being under general anesthesia?

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What does it mean if a patient can't start breathing again on their own after being under general anesthesia?

Many things: It could be too much pain medicine, other anesthetics, inadequate paralytic reversal, other physiolog abnormality (electrolytes off, hypothermia), or problem with the central nervous system. A review of medications given, clinical evaluation, and possible imaging should reveal the cause. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain why are patients shaved after falling asleep or under general anesthesia and not while awake?

Clipping hair : We actually do both some patients are prepped before the operating room and some are after induction of general anesthesia. Actually shaving is not preferred anymore and clipping is the proper term. Electric clippers are recommended to remove hair at the surgical site. Shaving damages the skin and set up for infection at the hair follicle. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm a 16 year old going for an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. As a pediatric patient, is it a common to get general anesthesia for both procedures? If not, can I request for a general? I'm absolutely terrified of having something up my **

It all depends: Typically an endoscopy and colonsocpy would be performed by an anesthesiologist. It would be up to the anesthesiologist and the patient to decide what is the safest course of action. There are some co-morbidities that might push anesthesiologist away from general anesthesia. Whether it is deep sedation or general anesthesia, one of the anesthesia jobs is to make the patient feel comfortable ...Read more

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Which is safer and better for general anesthesia in patients with cardiac disease? Propofol or Ketamine?

Which is safer and better for general anesthesia in patients with cardiac disease? 
Propofol or Ketamine?

Ketofol: is a mixture of ketamine and propofol. The efficacy, and sedation time are similar, however, sedation depth appeared to be more consistent with ketofol. According to the studies there is the absolute reduction in adverse respiratory events compared with propofol or ketamine alone. ...Read more

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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more


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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