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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 general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Is general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Well: Depends on how severe the COPD if you can be safe you need to be evaluated pre op by anesthesia doctor ...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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General anesthesia in hospital to have a back molar pulled. Is it safe? How long will I be out? I have hypothyroidism. COPD anxiety.

General anesthesia in hospital to have a back molar pulled. Is it safe? How long will I be out? I have hypothyroidism. COPD anxiety.

Very safe: You'll be out as long as the procedure takes, but you probably won't remember that day. General anesthesia in a hospital with an anesthesiologist (anesthetist) has never been safer. ...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?

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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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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For extreme nervous patients undergoing a c section, is general anesthesia better or taking a light sedative? Can sedative be given before spinal?

For extreme nervous patients undergoing a c section, is general anesthesia better or taking a light sedative? Can sedative be given before spinal?

C-section: Safety is a priority and regional anesthesia is safer for c-sections. Patient can be sedated with versed if it is nessasary. General anesthesia is rarely done, mostly for emergencies, for failed regionals or debilitated patients, who can not cooperate. Effects of sedatives can be reversed in newborn in rare situations where it becomes nessasary. ...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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A child patient took general anesthesia for filling her teeth, she's still 2 days sleeping but everything's normal what could have happened?

A child patient took general anesthesia for filling her teeth, she's still 2 days sleeping but everything's normal what could have happened?

See your doctor: When you say sleeping a lot- does this mean she is not waking up to eat or drink- if that is the case then you need to take her to your doctor
In some people anesthesia can take a longer time to wear off but she should have been awake and normal prior to leaving the dentist
Staying very sleepy after two days sounds concerning to me ...Read more

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Gastroenterology: Does an endoscopic ultrasound of the pancreas usually require general anesthesia of the patient or can there be twilight sleep?

Gastroenterology: Does an endoscopic ultrasound of the pancreas usually require general anesthesia of the patient or can there be twilight sleep?

Outside my area!: I'm not an expert on this - but, even if I had a knowledgeable POV - it would mean nothing for your case. The medical team responsible for your procedure will not be moved from the practices they are confident and comfortable with. Really, they're right to make choices they'll be responsible for. If you can find what you want, fine. If you fear GA, try to find help w/ this fear - you can! Best! ...Read more

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If General anesthesia is used for a csection how do they know the patient is actually asleep and not feeling? Do they use an eeg to monitor?

If General anesthesia is used for a csection how do they know the patient is actually asleep and not feeling? Do they use an eeg to monitor?

Anesthesia stages: It is a deeper stage than what EEG shows. The reflex is no longer present, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing pattern, and temperature also change. There is no need to monitor EEG in general. ...Read more

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Can a doctor postponed stomach endoscopy for a patient 71 years old who arrived with Bp 170 over 70??? because of just Bp. Patient will be having stomach endoscopy with general anesthesia. Thanks.

Just BP?: 37 M from US asks if Dr can postpone endoscopy under general anesthesia in 71 pt with BP 170/70 because of "JUST BP". ANS: It is never "just BP". This level of BP puts the pt at higher risk of anesthesia and unless procedure was being done in an emergency it is rational to protect pt from heart attack, stroke etc. A DR can postpone anytime it seems that pt is at risk. Discuss with team. ...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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Can I tell me how I can recover from general anesthesia?

Can I tell me how I can recover from general anesthesia?

Turning off: The gas or IV infusion allows the medications to leave your body or be metabolized and ineffective. There are reversal agents for some of the medications. You will be given supplemental oxygen until your respiration becomes satisfactory. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from general anesthesia after a wisdom tooth extraction?

Depends: Depends on your body mass, the type of anesthesia used, the length of the procedure, and how your body metabolizes the anesthetic agent. Usually mostly worn off in 30 minutes to 2-3 hours, but may have some residual effects for 24hrs or longer. No 2 people are alike, so get your support system in order, and follow your oral surgeons post-surgical instructions to the letter. ...Read more

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Is lymph node biopsy in neck usually done under local or general anesthesia? How long until I recover and go back to normal activities?

Is lymph node biopsy in neck usually done under local or general anesthesia? How long until I recover and go back to normal activities?

Local anesthesia: Even for the excisional biopsy is a standard of care.
In case of the anxiety conscious sedation can be administrated. You will be able to return to normal activity the next day. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 emphysema and high bp, along with cardiomyopathy. How risky is gen., anesthesia? My fev 1 is 27. Advise/recommendations.

You are a high risk: Patient. Make sure you have your surgery in a good hospital with anesthesiologists trained in critical care and a good icu. Also, make sure your cardiologist and pulmonologist are satisfied that your conditions are optimized prior to surgery. ...Read more

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What r the risks of general anesthesia in 6 months old baby?

What r the risks of general anesthesia in 6 months old baby?

Depends on surgery: It's always hard to separate the risks of anesthesia from risks of surgery. Babies have anesthesia every day for procedures like correction of crossed eyes, as my daughter did at that age. She's doing great! If your baby needs surgery, your pediatric anesthesiologist will give the best kind of anesthesia for the surgery. That's why there are doctors who specialize in anesthesia for children. ...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

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Will I do weird stuff while on general anesthesia?

No: Under general anesthesia you will essentially be in a temporary chemically induced coma. You will not do or say anything inappropriate. ...Read more

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How safe is it to be under general anesthesia today?

How safe is it to be under general anesthesia today?

Ga: Going under is very safe. Keep in mind nothing is 100%safe- there always risks. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to be put under general anesthesia?

Risk varies: The risks of geeral anesthesia vary depending on your overall health. For the most part, modern general anesthesia is extremely safe. It is best to discuss your specific concerns with your anesthesiologist and/or anesthetist. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

General Anesthesia: You're totally unconscious and immobilized and you don't feel, sense or remember anything that happens during the anesthesia. Your vital systems are continuously monitored while you're under. The anesthesiologist will turn off the anesthetic drugs and you will gradually wake up. ...Read more

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What will happen to your body under general anesthesia?

A lot: General anesthesia affects every organ systems in your body. It affect your brain, it depressed your heart, it lower blood pressure, it changes your breathing patterns etc...This is why general anesthesia is administered by a physician anesthesiologist who can compensate for the effects of general anesthesia on all of your organs. Today general anesthesia is very safe. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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


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