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How was general anaesthetic found?

How was general anaesthetic found?

GA: Nitrous Oxide was discovered by Joseph Priestly in 1772. But, it was Humphry Davy who discovered that inhaling it inhibited pain. There were nitrous 'parties' and 'exhibitions' where people would inhale it and do stupid and sometimes painful things. In 1840, a dentist (Horace Wells) used it to deaden pain while pulling molars. The combination of the nitrous gas and opium made a reasonable GA. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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


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How can a general anaesthetic work?

Induces unconcious: General an esthetics all induce an unconcious state in which the patient cannot feel stimuli. The exact mechanism is unknown and may vary between a esthetics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about general anaesthetic?

Can you tell me about general anaesthetic?

Definition: General anesthesia involves causing a loss of consciousness through the use of a combination of medications. Some of these medications are given through an IV and some are gases. In most cases, a breathing tube will be used (or other special breathing device).
If you have more specific questions, please submit another question.
http://hubpages. Com/hub/Insiders-Guide-to-General-Anesthesia ...Read more

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What effects can a general anaesthetic have.

What effects can a general anaesthetic have.

General anesthetics: General anesthesia can be obtained through volatile anesthetics and intravenous anesthetics. Overall, these medications are quite safe but they do impact many organ systems throughout the body. They depress consciousness, typically lower blood pressure and blood flow, and in some instances may interfere with normal kidney function. ...Read more

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In what way is a general anaesthetic administered?

In what way is a general anaesthetic administered?

General Anesthesia: A more appropriate way to approach this issue is to think about 1) the induction of general anesthesia and, 2) the maintenance of general anesthesia. Most general anesthetics are induced (started) with intravenous agents and then maintained with inhaled anesthetic gases. However, general anesthetics can be mask (gas) inductions and certainly general anesthetics can be maintained with IV agents. ...Read more

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What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

What does a general anaesthetic actually feel like?

Nothing: After induction of anesthesia higher brain function "turns off" and consciousness is lost. Upon emergence of anesthesia the brain function returns and you wake up. You have no recall of time while under anesthesia or events that happened. ...Read more

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How long does it take to clear general anaesthetic?

How long does it take to clear general anaesthetic?

Short time: General anesthetics are cleared by the time a patient is released from the recovery room. Sedation may persist due to other pain, anti-nausea or sedative medications administered. ...Read more

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If had general anaesthetic before does this mean I can safely have it again without allergic reactions?

If had general anaesthetic before does this mean I can safely have it again without allergic reactions?

Anesthetic Allergy: A reaction to general anesthesia can be one of several different medical conditions. True allergies, such as the kind most people talk about, a reaction related to a genetic abnormalities or an ongoing diseases that limit your tolerance to anesthesia. If neither you nor your blood relatives have had a reaction before, you should be safe. If you are very ill the type and amount may be limited. ...Read more

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Getting so terrified about general anaesthetic procedure on monday! Don't think i'll wake up. Needs to be done though. Help?

Anethesia: This is a common fear. We now have monitors and much safer drugs for general anesthesia. Relate your fears to your anesthesiologist. They usually do a nice job of helping set your mind at ease. They may also be able to offer you a pre op sedative to relieve some of your anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have 2 general anaesthetic's within a month's time?

Is it safe to have 2 general anaesthetic's within a month's time?

Yes: The medications administered to you will be at unmeasurable levels by the time of the second anesthetic. Also there is no long lasting effects of anesthetics. Therefore multiple anesthetics may given over a short period of time. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Yes: Although an IV is typical, you could be put to sleep without one. If the surgery requires it, one could be inserted after you are asleep. ...Read more

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What to if I am scared of having a general anaesthetic. Any coping mechanisms?

What to if I am scared of having a general anaesthetic. Any coping mechanisms?

Discuss with doctor: The best advice is probably to discuss your concerns in detail with your anesthesiologist. The vast majority of anesthetics are extremely safe and have no significant adverse reactions.
There are a variety of mechanisms which have been described as having some value reducing anxiety including relaxation tapes and meditation. ...Read more

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How likely is survival of a 70 year old man going in for a general anaesthetic.?

How likely is survival of a 70 year old man going in for a general anaesthetic.?

Good anesthesia: A good anesthesiologist will give a 70 year old man a great chance of survival.

This age range is common for anesthesiologists now a days. ...Read more

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Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Prevent aspiration: During anesthesia you might regurgitate stomach contents. Since the airway reflexes are also anesthetized, this might enter the trachea and lungs where it can cause pneumonia.
It is safest to avoid oral intake, however the anesthesiologist can take precautions when surgery is necessary in a shorter time frame. ...Read more

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Got general anaesthetic end of week, I smoke, been told smoking can cause problems with the anaesthetic. I cant stop by the end of the week!

Got general anaesthetic end of week, I smoke, been told smoking can cause problems with the anaesthetic. I cant stop by the end of the week!

Smoking: Even stopping for 48 hours will help your body detoxify by eliminating carbon monoxide in your system. If you have smoked for many years, the comment made to you can also mean that you have significant lung damage (COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) which puts you at higher risk for the surgery and afterward. Ask the anesthesiologist to explain the issues. ...Read more

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Can general anaesthetic affect periods?

Not typically: General anesthesia does not typically impact periods, however, if the surgery itself (for which the patient requires general anesthesia) impacts the reproductive system, then the periods might change. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's getting a general anaesthetic like?

Being asleep: A general anesthetic is similar to falling asleep. Once anesthesia is induced, the patient is no longer aware of what is happening in his/her environment. The body responds physiologically as it normally would. The anesthesia provider is there to monitor and control those reponses. Once the patient is awake again he/she will drowsy and tired for a while. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make homemade general anaesthetic for first aid?

Interesting, but no: It's hard to imagine a situation whereby general anesthesia, without the right doctors and instruments, would be useful. Ether could be used but it would be dangerous. In the old days of ether anesthesia, 1 patient in 10, 000 anesthetics died. Now, with modern anesthetics and instruments, less than 1 patient in over 200, 000 anesthetics die from anesthesia-related problems. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to breastfeed my baby after a general anaesthetic?

How long do I have to wait to breastfeed my baby after a general anaesthetic?

4 hours at most: Most general anesthetic is eliminated through the lungs and little remains behind that might make it into breast milk. That said, the best resource I have recommends a 4 hour period of pump/dump before resuming breast feeding. See: Hale, T, Medications and Mothers Milk, 15ed, 2012. ...Read more

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Can any doc explain if you always need to intubate with a general anaesthetic?

No,: You don't always need an endotracheal tube, an LMA can be used, or a mask for shorter procedures. ...Read more

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How lonf to recover after hysteroscopy and polypectomy under general anaesthetic?

How lonf to recover after hysteroscopy and polypectomy under general anaesthetic?

1-2 days. Without co: The recovery time from general eneral anesthesia is 24-48hrs. A hystoroscopy, polypectomy does not require any abdominal incisions and within a couple days one should feel better if there are no complications. ...Read more

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Hi, I was just wondering how long general anaesthetic can affect you after an operation? Thanks

Hi, I was just wondering how long general anaesthetic can affect you after an operation? Thanks

Depends: This all depends on the anesthesia used, the length of time you were under and how deep the general anesthesia had to be for the surgery. It'snot uncommon to be a little out of sorts for a day or two but you should ask your surgeon or anesthesiologist. Most give you information after surgery that should tell you as well. ...Read more

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Does being allergic to local anaesthesia make you more likely to be allergic to a general anaesthetic?

Does being allergic to local anaesthesia make you more likely to be allergic to a general anaesthetic?

Not relevant: Two different procedures that use completely different medications and modalities. Local anaesthesia involves local injections which numb a small part of your body, while general anaesthesia induce a state of controlled unconsciousness.
Rec.: always disclose what medication you are allergic to. ...Read more

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How long does a complete hystorectomy take and can it be done as a day surgery? Does it require a general anaesthetic?

How long does a complete hystorectomy take and can it be done as a day surgery? Does it require a general anaesthetic?

Hysterectomies: In the usa hysterectomies are done using general anesthesia. In selective cases spinal or epidural anesthesia may be warranted. It is done by one shot injection or by leaving a catheter in the back through which more numbing medicine can be injected if the operation lasts longer. The patient is sedated throughout. Lasts 1 hour and more, depending on the surgeon's skills and difficulty of the case. ...Read more

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Having general anaesthetic Thurs terrified I won't wake up 24 year old female, healthy but smoke not heavily tho please put my mind at ease?

Having general anaesthetic Thurs terrified I won't wake up 24 year old female, healthy but smoke not heavily tho please put my mind at ease?

Concern is typical: Fear of anesthesia is very common. Like commercial flying, the actual risk of dying or not waking up from anesthesia is very, very low - on the order of 1 in 200, 000 for a healthy individual. If you can refrain from smoking as much as possible before surgery, that improves safety some. Cigarettes create carbon monoxide that reduces the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Oxygen delivery is important! ...Read more

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What to do if I'm scared about having an operation to remove a fibroadenoma because of the general anaesthetic. What is general anaesthetic like?

Ask about a local!: You might not need a general anesthetic. Ask your doctor if the surgery can be done under a local anesthetic with sedation. If not, what are your fears about general anesthesia? Tell the anesthesiologist these fears and get your questions answered. I think you'll feel better. ...Read more

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Hi, I have just been given propranolol and I have an oral operation on December 1st with general anaesthetic. Can I take propranolol before the op?

Probably: But you should go with the surgeon's instructions. What does your oral surgeon say? If you have not asked your oral surgeon, please state why not. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm scared about having an operation to remove a fibroadenoma because of the general anaesthetic. What is general anaesthetic like?

What do you advise if I'm scared about having an operation to remove a fibroadenoma because of the general anaesthetic. What is general anaesthetic like?

Get information!: Get information about the surgery you need, and about the kind of anesthesia that may be best for it. Talk with the physician anesthesiologist ahead of time so you have a better idea what to expect. General anesthesia means that you're completely asleep. When you're in the preop area, you can have a sedative to help you relax. You may not even remember going in for your operation. Good luck! ...Read more