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Is it possible to get a seizure while under anesthesia?

Is it possible to get a seizure while under anesthesia?

Unlikely: Many of the medications used in anesthesia--especially those in the Valium family (benzodiazepines)--actually work to prevent seizures. If you have epilepsy, be sure to tell your anesthesiologist and take your medications on schedule before surgery with a sip of water. None of the anesthesia gases or other medications in current wide use are likely to provoke a seizure. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Could having a bad seizure when I'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

Could having a bad seizure when I'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Can morning sedation from a sleeping pill with barbiturates given to a teen be mistaken for a seizure?

Can morning sedation from a sleeping pill with barbiturates given to a teen be mistaken for a seizure?

No: Morning sedation cannot be confused with a seizure. Seizure has motor activity usually as well as either tongue bite or incontinence. Also, the person feels different afterwards. ...Read more

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Hello, in a surgery to remove tonsils, is there any risk such as brain damage during general anaesthesia if my 5 yr boy has had febrile seizures?

Hello, in a surgery to remove tonsils, is there any risk such as brain damage during general anaesthesia if my 5 yr boy has had febrile seizures?

Tonsillectomy: By the time most children reach five years of age they have outgrown febrile seizures and should not be aproblem for your child to have surgery for his tonsils. ...Read more

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When doing an MRI on the brain for Nystagmus, it is possible to get inaccurate results due being under anesthesia?

When doing an MRI on the brain for Nystagmus, it is possible to get inaccurate results due being under anesthesia?

Possible: But unlikely, get the whole picture; eye doctor, neurologist and maybe repeat exams, pray they can control /cure it. ...Read more

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Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

Is it common to get a fracture during shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

Rare: The orthopedic surgeon doing the manipulation is trained to know the tolerances of the bones and joints they are working with. It is always possible with weak bones or tightly fused shoulders for this complication to occur, but the chances are small. ...Read more

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Can I get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

Can I get tonsillectomy under local anesthesia only of just sedation? Or is general my only option?

General: Just try to imagine something operating in the very back of your throat. The discomfort, as well as the blood loss, would make it extremely uncomfortable. The only way to do this is under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can I get conscious sedation as an alternative to general anesthesia?

It depends...: A lot can be achieved with local anesthesia (numbing) and "conscious" sedation (where, in theory, the patient is able to respond, but may not remember the events). The requirements are a motivated patient and a proceduralist comfortable doing the intervention under those circumstances. ...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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Can spinal manipulation occur under anesthesia?

Can spinal manipulation occur under anesthesia?

Yes, but: Yes this procedure has been offered, as to wether it works the jury is still out. Once you have been relaxed under general anesthesia you cannot stop or halt any damage to your skeletal system. This means if the chiropractor pushes too hard you will not be able to stop them I would discuss any MRI or ct showing the "need" for this with another md. ...Read more

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I'm having a cystoscopy while under anesthesia this Wed. How much pain should I expect from this procedure?

I'm having a cystoscopy while under anesthesia this Wed. How much pain should I expect from this procedure?

Very minimal if any: Usually diagnostic cystoscopy, especially in females, is done under local anesthesia. If a biopsy will be done you may have a little discomfort on urination. However, cystoscopy is not normally associated with post-procedure(notice I am not saying post "operatjve") pain. You should be fine:) ...Read more

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Are you under anesthesia for an upper endoscopy?

Varies by practice: General anesthesia is usually defined as being unresponsive to noxious stimuli. Sedation anesthesia would be where you can tolerate otherwise unpleasant procedures (such as having a hosepipe put down your throat!). There is a fine line between heaving sedation and anesthesia. Sedation/anesthesia varies from practice to practice — some lightly sedate, others use general anesthesia for endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can you be "under anesthesia" for a gum scraping?

Can you be "under anesthesia" for a gum scraping?

You can: But it will be more expensive that just having local anesthetic. Discuss your desires with your dentist and I'm confident you can be accommodated. ...Read more

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How do anesthesiologists keep you alive while you are under anesthesia?

How do anesthesiologists keep you alive while you are under anesthesia?

Advances: Modern monitoring allows anesthesiologist to analyze your blood pressure, pulse, ekg, oxygenation level and many other values if nessasary. It makes modern anesthesia very safe. Advances in pharmacology allow use of safer medications and airway management relies on expertise of many generations of anesthesiologists. ...Read more

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What are my chances of having an allergic reaction while under anesthesia?

What are my chances of having an allergic reaction while under anesthesia?

Unlikely: There is little chance. The major "reactions" to anesthesia have nothing to do with a true allergy, and are very rare. ...Read more

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Is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia effective?

Yes : For patients with frozen shoulders who have failed all other treatments, manipulation under anesthesia with or without arthroscopy is effective in regaining shoulder motion. Must be done carefully because of the risk of fracturing the bone. Also, immediate and sustained therapy is required to maintain the motion after the manipulation. ...Read more

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Is it common to be sore after being under anesthesia?

Muscular soreness: Generalized muscular soreness after a general anesthetic can be caused by the use of succinylcholine which is a depolarizing muscle relaxant causing your muscles to contract leading to muscle soreness afterwards. ...Read more

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How effective is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

How effective is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia?

So- so: The best current treatment for a frozen shoulder that fails conservative treatment is an arthroscopic capsular release. There is less risk of breaking your humerus from a manipulation. ...Read more

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I have sciatica, will manipulation under anesthesia help?

I have sciatica, will manipulation under anesthesia help?

Probably not: Manipulation under anesthesia is good for frozen shoulder, knee joints or hip joints that have reduced mobility. Generally not done for spine issues. ...Read more

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When is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia indicated?

When is shoulder manipulation under anesthesia indicated?

Frozen shoulder: I have seen it done for a frozen shoulder. It allows the surgeon to break-up scar tissue in a controlled fashion without resistance by the patient. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my 3 years old under anesthesia to fill 2 cavities?

Is it safe to put my 3 years old under anesthesia to fill 2 cavities?

There are risks: There are always risk 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. ...Read more

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How is it to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

How is it to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try to shut down the memory of the patient before they go to the or. Once they can't remember what happened, it is very hard to find out what they felt as they went to sleep. Without sedatives the very medication that is used to put people to sleep blocks memory formation, so we have the same problem. Same with waking up. Most patient first memory is of the pacu. ...Read more

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My heart almost stopped several times while under anesthesia — what sorts of things can cause this?

Rarely occurs: There are multiple causes, including overdose of anaesthetic medications, low blood pressure, and inadequate delivery of oxygen, just to name a few. General anesthesia, like any other medical procedure is not without risk. ...Read more

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Can I have operations and be placed completely under anesthesia with a restrictive cardiomyopathy?

Restrictive cmyo: As with any procedure, the risks vs benefits must be considered for whatever the procedure is. It is possible to do surgery/procedures in a restrictive cmyo patient but the risk(s) are increased. The need for the surgery and the benefit to be gained must be balanced with the risks. The consideration is not minor and the cardiologist, FP, surgeon and anesthesia should all have their input. ...Read more

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What exactly does it feel like to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

What exactly does it feel like to be put under anesthesia and how long does it take to fall asleep?

Anesthesia Feeling: Patients describe feelings of relaxation, euphoria, peace, and tranquility, also, a warm feeling running through their body. The onset of induction — falling asleep — is usually fairly rapid, like within 30 seconds to 1 minute, but does depend on the agent(s) being used. Most IV anesthetics are very well tolerated, do not cause nausea or vomiting post-operatively, and metabolize fairly quickly. ...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


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more