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How should I expect to feel when I wake up from anesthesia?

How should I expect to feel when I wake up from anesthesia?

It depends!: That depends on so many factors. A major operation can take hours, and of course you would receive a lot more anesthesia than you would for a 30 min. Procedure. Some people are much more prone to motion sickness and nausea than others. Some people require more pain medication than others. Expect to feel drowsy and to need some pain med as the anesthesia wears off. Don't plan to drive home! ...Read more

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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


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Afraid I won't wake up from anesthesia?

Afraid I won't wake up from anesthesia?

Safe: Unless you are seriously ill at baseline or undergoing a high-risk operation, the risk if you having a major complication is very small. ...Read more

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Does anyone ever not wake up from anesthesia?

Does anyone ever not wake up from anesthesia?

"Never say never": General anesthesia is a reversible unconsciousness, it is very safe. It usually resolves in a matter of minutes. However, the anesthesia is practically never performed for it's own sake - it is conducted for surgical or diagnostic procedures, quite often on people who are really sick. Like with other meds, there is a risk of an overdose, unusual reaction or worsening of the main condition... ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to wake up from anesthesia before i'm supposed to?

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Very Unlikely: It would be very unusual for you to have any memories from during a surgery, however, it is possible. Anesthesiologists use your vital signs and a variety of monitors to help ensure this does not happen. They are well trained to prevent such things from occurring. ...Read more

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What could have caused me to wake up from anesthesia during surgery?

What could have caused me to wake up from anesthesia during surgery?

Many things: Short answer depends on type of anes. If ur having a regional block and sedation u are not under general anesthesia and some people become more aware as the sedation is decreased, thinking u woke up during anes but were just undergoing sedation. If u were under general anesthesia people usually become aware because ur anes is tapered down because ur blood pressure is low and they are treating it. ...Read more

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How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

5 Minutes: Most patients are awake almost immediately after anesthesia. However, the effects last several hours making the patient's sleepy and groggy. Often patients have no memory of being in recovery room, and this is the lingering effects of the anesthesia. This situation is compounded by the pain medications/narcotics that you will have after the surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible to not wake up from getting put under by anesthesia?

Rarest complication.: Such a disastrous complication is very rare. Estimates are around one in several hundred thousand. You are much more likely to get struck by lightning. The sicker you are to start with, the higher the risk. ...Read more

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Please answer! what would happen if someone were to wake-up during anesthesia?

Rarely happens: Awakening during anesthesia, happens very rarely (less than 1 in a thousand times.) when it does, usually you just hear voices. even more rarely pain is involved. If muscle relaxants are not used, you may move. move of the time, if you start to get too "light", your heart rate and blood pressure start to rise and they just give you some more medicine to go back down. ...Read more

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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

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