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What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat(transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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Would any operation under general anesthesia be considered a major operation?

Would any operation under general anesthesia be considered a major operation?

Not always: There are certainly operations that require general anesthesia that aren't considered major surgery. Examples would be quick laparoscopic procedures such as tubal ligation, or ENT procedures such as tonsillectomy. Also, GA may be needed for babies and small children who can't cooperate, even for small operations. The physician anesthesiologist works with the surgeon to make the best plan. ...Read more

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Could general anesthesia affect your brain's memory after having four major surgery?

Could general anesthesia affect your brain's memory after having four major surgery?

Unlikely: Possible but unlikely. Depends on length of surgery, other drugs used, age, blood pressure during surgery, thrombotic events , other medical problems. Complicated, impossible to get exact answer. ...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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Is general anesthesia used for sinus grafting? I'm terrified of having dental work done, and prefer to be knocked out completely for major procedures. Is sinus grafting a procedure that is done with local anesthetics or do most surgeons use general anesth

Is general anesthesia used for sinus grafting? I'm terrified of having dental work done, and prefer to be knocked out completely for major procedures. Is sinus grafting a procedure that is done with local anesthetics or do most surgeons use general anesth

Use IV sedation..: General anesthesia is rarely indicated for sinus graft surgery. Iv sedation is what i would consider if you're anxious. This way, you're completely comfortable, won't remember anything, and won't have tubes down your throat. Furthermore, you'll recover faster and have less side effects from the anesthesia. Although local anesthetic can be used to perform a sinus graft, i prefer IV sedation. ...Read more

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What is general anesthesia?

What is general anesthesia?

What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure , is not feel pain , and will not be aware the procedure being done , by anesthetic medications , your breathing is controlled , all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional(s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body. ...Read more

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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

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Is general anesthesia dangerous?

Is general anesthesia dangerous?

Relative to what: I have done anesthesia for 42000 cases, no deaths, mi, wake ups during surgery for generals, no comas, my most frequent problems =16 broken teeth, 22 inhailing vomit giving 3 pneumonias, two nerve damages. Is that safe? When i started the death rate was 1 per 5000 now it is less than 1 per 200, 000 for healthy patients. Is that safe? Not nearly as safe as the airlines and it should be and can be. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia mean?

What does general anesthesia mean?

Fully unconscious: General anesthesia means you will be completely asleep, unable to respond to commands, unable to feel, hear or remember, and usually will have some kind of breathing device placed in your airway (throat). An anesthesiologist will monitor you closely and give you medications to keep you "asleep" and comfortable, keep you alive while operating on you, and most importantly wake you up! ...Read more

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Can you die from general anesthesia?

Very rare: General anesthesia is very commonly used today, with extremely rare complications. Nothing is 100% safe, but this is much, much safer than even 10 years ago. ...Read more

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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