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How to stop anxiety and vomiting after general anesthesia?

Prevention: If you have had nausea after anesthesia in the past, you need to let your anesthesiologist know beforehand. There are medications and techniques we can use to minimize the chances of it happening again. The key is early communication. The anxiety can also be treated. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Is there anyone who does not vomit after general anesthesia?

Is there anyone who does not vomit after general anesthesia?

Yes: There are patients who do not experience nausea and vomiting after surgery. Nausea and vomiting, however, are the most common negative effects is anesthesia and surgery. There are several medications that can be given to lessen/prevent n/v. Unfortunately, there are a select few will still experience n/v to some degree despite what meds are given to them. ...Read more

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I have a lot of ptsd/anxiety issues and I have asperger's syndrome. I need a colonoscopy. Is that something that can be done in the or and under general anesthesia?

I have a lot of ptsd/anxiety issues and I have asperger's syndrome. I need a colonoscopy. Is that something that can be done in the or and under general anesthesia?

Talk with drs: Have a pre procedural visit with your doctor explaining your conditions. All medical procedures presume healthy mental status and mood. If you are at all unsure or uncertain, most doctors will make time to talk with you in detail about the procedure or collaborate with other doctors (psychologists and psychiatrists) to make the procedure clear and less anxiety provoking to the patient. ...Read more

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I had an unplanned c-section and was put under general anesthesia. Now I have a strong anxiety toward getting pregnant again. How can I get help?

I had an unplanned c-section and was put under general anesthesia. Now I have a strong anxiety toward getting pregnant again. How can I get help?

WHY?: Why were you under general anesthesia and what happened that was bad to you as a result? Was there a problem with the baby? Just because it happened once does not mean it will again. I will admit general anesthesia is not typical for a c section. Typically it is an epidural nerve block in the back or a spinal. Speak with your physician. ...Read more

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Been on Lexapro 20 mg for few months for anxiety. I have upcoming surgery on my foot w/general anesthesia. Is it safe to be on lexapro w/anesthesia?

Been on Lexapro 20 mg for few months for anxiety. I have upcoming  surgery on my foot w/general anesthesia. Is it safe to be on lexapro w/anesthesia?

Sure: the anesthesiologist will review all of your medications beforehand and the surgeon will tell you what medications you should have avoid and for how long. ...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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Last night i kept throwing up. Could that be from the general anesthesia the day before?

Last night i kept throwing up. Could that be from the general anesthesia the day before?

Possibly, or other: It may be from anesthesia, surgery, medication, or unrelated. Some people are sensitive to anesthesia and may be nauseated the next day - but that is uncommon. If you are prone to motion sickness or had abdominal or gynecologic surgery, that could increase the likelihood of nausea. Narcotic medications could also be the culprit. Call your surgeon or go to the er if you are very dehydrated! ...Read more

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Can general anesthesia stop your heart?

Not easily: Some of the medications used in general anesthesia can have an effect on the heart. This is usually only the case in patients with severe underlying heart disease. There are some medical conditions that can also have a bad reaction with anesthesia. I would discuss all of your medical history with your anesthesiologist and see if you are in one of these high risk groups. We can tailor anesthetic. ...Read more

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Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which isn't helpful when you're facing major surgery. If you need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to surgery, it still should be ok to take your medicines with a sip if water. However, stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) does not affect general anesthesia in any significant way. ...Read more

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How long should I stop drinking pre-workouts before general anesthesia?

How long should I stop drinking pre-workouts before general anesthesia?

Question unclear: I don't completely understand your question. Usual guidelines before general anesthesia: clear liquids up to 2 hours before, and light solid food (such as toast) up to 6 hours before. No food after midnight in the case of an early morning procedure. Are you planning to exercise before your procedure? That might not be a good plan, as you would need more hydration/calories. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed codeine sulfate taken daily i'm having hysteroscopy in 2 days and undergoing general anesthesia. When should I stop taking codeine?

Continue the codeine: I would recommend that you continue the codeine thru the surgery. On at the morning of surgery take your medications with a sip of water. Make sure that the anesthesiologist is aware of your codeine intake.* He/She MUST know you are taking a narcotic (codeine) prior to surgery. You MUST tell the anesthesiologist the dose and frequency of administration. You may taper the codeine after surgery. ...Read more

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I'm prescribed percocet/ taken daily i'm having surgery in 6 days and undergoing general anesthesia. When should I stop taking percocet before surgery?

I'm prescribed percocet/ taken daily i'm having surgery in 6 days and undergoing general anesthesia. When should I stop taking percocet before surgery?

Do not stop: If you are on narcotics everyday it is better to stay on them. Chronic use of prescription narcotics means that you will have a tolerance to narcotics meaning you will require more than someone who does not take them. Most anesthesiologists prefer you stay on your usual regimen. Check with the anesthesia group pre-operatively to get their advice. Your surgeon can give you their contact number. ...Read more

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How long should I stop smoking marijuana before general anesthesia?

How long should I stop smoking marijuana before general anesthesia?

How about now?: Would now be good for you? Smoking anything is giving your lungs extra toxins to deal with, not to mention brain effects of marijuana. Depending on frequency of use, your urine could be positive for several months -- but you want to be as healthy and clear as you can be, before general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

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 much does general anesthesia for a procedure cost?

Varies: It varies based on type of surgery, type of anesthesia and length of procedure. If you are paying for the surgery yourself on a cash basis, be sure to negotiate fees in advance. ...Read more

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How much does general anesthesia cost for a procedure?

Anesthesia units: Any anesthesia cost is calculated in 15 min units, as an average the cost is between $200-300.00 per unit, plus an addition of a couple units for preop assessment, as an average cost for 1 hour case would be $1200 to 1500.00. ...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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