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Is general anesthesia safe?

Is general anesthesia safe?

Yes.: General anesthesia has a long history with literally millions of people getting anesthetics every year. But there are risks. It is obviously riskier in the very young and very old. It is riskier if you have serious medical problems like congestive heart failure or COPD. It is riskier if you are having a very prolonged or complicated surgical procedure. But yes, general anesthesia is safe. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Is there any general anesthesia safe for nursing moms?

Is there any general anesthesia safe for nursing moms?

Sort of: Many medications are passed through breast milk. Most anesthetics use short-acting meds that are cleared from the body within about 24-hours. Some are better-studied than others. If you need medications for post-op pain, you should discuss with your surgeon. Recommendations as to when it is safe to resume breast feeding differ and should be discussed with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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What is the safest week to get cervical stitches done under general anesthesia, age 42 16w3d pregnant with twins? Is general anesthesia safe for twins?

What is the safest week to get cervical stitches done under general anesthesia, age 42 16w3d pregnant with twins? Is general anesthesia safe for twins?

Cervical stitch: You are referring to the Shirodkar Stitch (an indian MD devised this). This can easily be done with mild sedation and good local in the area - its very quick to do. Your OB/GYN will determine when is the best time to place the stitch. ...Read more

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General anesthesia - how safe is it for a 4 year old?

General anesthesia - how safe is it for a 4 year old?

There are risks: There are always risks with any procedure, be it surgical, dental, or anesthetic. You should have a discussion with the anesthesiologist who is doing the procedure, so they can clearly define the risks and benefits. At this point you will be able to make an informed addition that is best for your child. General anesthesia for a child is very safe. ...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?

See below: You should address your concerns with anesthesiologist and the surgeon. They will be reviewing your meds. Good luck! ...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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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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Which is safer, a general anesthesia, or one from the spine?

Which is safer, a general anesthesia, or one from the spine?

Essentially the same: The risks of serious outcomes, that means death, are essentially the same. Some procedures need a general anesthetic, while other require a regional or spinal one. Each has their specific risks, but overall the risk is the same. ...Read more

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I am having surgeries 1 week apart. Is that a safe duration between general anesthesia?

I am having surgeries 1 week apart. Is that a safe duration between general anesthesia?

Depends: As far as the anesthesia goes, not much risk. However, the two surgeries could interact. If you have significant blood loss from the first surgery it could make the second more risky. If there are separate surgeons for each procedure, make sure they are aware of what the other is doing and talk to them about it. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is safe to have general anesthesia 4 months after concussion?

Please tell me if it is safe to have general anesthesia 4 months after concussion?

Depends: This would depend on whether you have completely recovered from the concussion.Generally most people recover from their concussions by 6-12 weeks after the injury. The way to tell is if all the symptoms of the concussion have resolved-ie. Headaches, dizziness, trouble thinking or focusing, nausea. If they haven't you may need brain imaging first to make certain there is no structural residual problem. ...Read more

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Any anesthesiologists with experience on what anesthesia is safe if you have had a stroke under general anesthesia and neuro rxn to local?

Any anesthesiologists with experience on what anesthesia is safe if you have had a stroke under general anesthesia and neuro rxn to local?

Its complicated: People recover from strokes and have very different sequelae (fancy term for your condition/recovery). If you are fully recovered or even recovered such that there is little in in neuro deficits (motor or sensory changes) then any anesthesia will be safe. If there are severe deficits than perhaps close (invasive) monitoring will be needed. Overall the body and brain compensates for the injury. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have general anesthesia during my c-section?

Yes: General anesthesia is riskier than spinal or epidural anesthesia for a cesarean. Which is right for you depends on why you are having a c-section and the other medical conditions you have. In some cases, general anesthesia is the safest method. If you are concerned and have time, ask to talk to an anesthesiologist before surgery to go over the specific risks for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have general anesthesia while having mild asthma?

Is it safe to have general anesthesia while having mild asthma?

Yes, but.: Most cases of mild asthma can be treated by the use of inhalers. Your anesthesiologist will want to discuss your case and your normal management. I ensure that my patients have had a dose of their inhalers prior to anesthesia. Should the asthma return during the case there are medications we can use to treat this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be put under general anesthesia if you are having vascular surgery?

Anesthesia: Yes, it's not the surgery that matters it is the overall health of patient getting procedure. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 3 year old to be put under general anesthesia for a dental procedure?

Yes and no: With a qualified doctor it is safe, however, there are some purists who do believe there are issues and you should avoid it if you can. ...Read more

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I have rrms and just found out I need rotator cuff surgery. Is that safe? If so is general anesthesia best?

I have rrms and just found out I need rotator cuff surgery. Is that safe? If so is general anesthesia best?

No worries: There is absolutely NO increased risk in a patient with MS regarding shoulder surgery or general anesthesia. But if you are not taking an MS disease modifying agent, your future prognosis is rather dismal. Hopefully, you just neglected to list your meds. ...Read more

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I need to take 4 teeth out to straighten my other teeth. When extracting, is local safer than general anesthesia? I'm really scared to extract any.

Ask Q's of DDS & MD: A good local is usually safer but but a bad local is often less safe. Fear increases pain and pain can kill so being asleep can be safer. Local and sedation is often the best. Sometimes general is safest. If medical conditions exist there should be someone trained in anesthesia to watch you beside the person doing the procedure cannot watch you and do the procedure as well. ...Read more

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I know both are generally safe, but is intravenous safer than general anesthesia? Does intravenous cause complications if you have heart problems?

I know both are generally safe, but is intravenous safer than general anesthesia? Does intravenous cause complications if you have heart problems?

Both are the same: General anesthesia combines both intravenous and inhaled anesthetics. All anesthetics will have reversible effects on heart function. The physician anesthesiologist and other members of the anesthesia care team work jointly to ensure patient safety, especially patients with heart problems. Patients with known heart problems should discuss those issues with the Anesthesiologist before surgery ...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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Propofol, versed, fatanyl given. Together for colonoscopy is this general anesthesia or a strong sedative. If so which is safer? I

They are both safe: These drugs can be used as sedation OR general anesthesia. It is determined by the amounts given and the patient's physiologic response. Both general anesthesia and conscious sedation are safe in the hands of a competent anesthesia provider who takes in account the patient's medical history, medications and physical condition. ...Read more

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If ovulation/conception occurred today, would it be safe to have wisdom tooth removed under general anesthesia two days from now?

If ovulation/conception occurred today, would it be safe to have wisdom tooth removed under general anesthesia two days from now?

It depends: On what is most important to you. If pulling the wisdom tooth can wait, you may want to wait. Miscarriages in early pregnancy are frequent and if you had the wisdom tooth pulled under general anesthesia and you do experience a miscarriage, you may blame it on the anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with pulmonary hypertension to go under general anesthesia for surgery?

Be Careful: Undergoing general anesthesia is not completely out of the question but it can be very risky. There are two very important things that need to be considered. First is the severity of the pulmonary hypertension and whether you need to be on something stronger such as an IV or SubQ medication prior to surgery. Second is whether this surgery is absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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For wisdom teeth removal, is it safer to go under general anesthesia or get an IV sedation?

I.v. sedation: The best course of action is to discuss the anesthesia plan with your anesthesia doctor prior to surgery. Wisdom tooth extraction can be done safely and pain free with I.V. Sedation, without the need for a breathing tube. General anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction will require a breathing tube and because of this can be associated with additional risks. ...Read more

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Had EVLT and foam sclerotherapy done a few months back. Is it safe to now go under general anesthesia for my wisdom teeth? Any contraindications?

Had EVLT and foam sclerotherapy done a few months back. Is it safe to now go under general anesthesia for my wisdom teeth? Any contraindications?

Yes: With the treatment being done a few months ago, there should be no reason that you can't undergo general anesthesia safely. Particularly if the vein treatments went well without complication. ...Read more

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My kid cardio show trace psycological pulmonary insufficiency &traicupid regurgitation. Is it safe if she has dental surgery under general anesthesia?

My kid cardio show trace psycological pulmonary insufficiency &traicupid regurgitation. Is it safe if she has dental surgery under general anesthesia?

Communication: Important that you communicate your child's medical history in exquisite detail. Important that the oral surgeon or pediatric dentist communicate with your child's cardiologist or pediatrician, ; with the anesthesiologist. This should be done automatically, but for your own piece of mind communicate your concerns to all the people involved with your child's care. They want the best for her. ...Read more

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Will undergoing stitches for my cervix under general anesthesia affect my twin fetuses? Is it safe? I am aged 42, 16w2d pregnant. What is the ideal week?

Will undergoing stitches for my cervix under general anesthesia affect my twin fetuses? Is it safe? I am aged 42, 16w2d pregnant. What is the ideal week?

Ideally in 2nd 3mths: When the likelihood of spontaneous miscarriage is almost nonexistent. The indication is usually recurrant loss or evidence of shortening of the cervix as evidenced on serial sonograms. Prolapse of the membranes beyond the internal os is certainly a sign of impending early labor/ contractions. ...Read more

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I might be pregnant but I need my wisdom teeth taken out and I'm going to be under an IV sedation not general anesthesia am I gonna be safe?

Wisdom teeth: Unless it is an emergency, elective surgery should wait until after the baby is born.
If removal of the wisdom teeth for any reason cannot wait, the safest time is during the 2nd trimester.
In any case always check with both your
ob /gyn and your oral surgeon. ...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