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Could smoking marijuana after a surgery where general anesthesia was used cause any huge issues? It's been 12 hrs since the surgery.

Could smoking marijuana after a surgery where general anesthesia was used cause any huge issues? It's been 12 hrs since the surgery.

Depends: Smoking anything can impair the small blood vessel flow to the wound site and delay healing. It doesn't matter if you had a general or local. General anesthesia does use the lung tissue to pass the drugs of anesthesia through the cell membrane to enter the body. The gas can be irritating to these tissues. Weed uses this same method to enter your system. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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I am getting an endoscopy at 7 tomorrow morning. I smoked marijuana earlier today. I am going under general anesthesia, do I need to cancel?

I am getting an endoscopy at 7 tomorrow morning. I smoked marijuana earlier today. I am going under general anesthesia, do I need to cancel?

TellTheAnesthetist: It depends on what conscious Sedation drug they are using. They usually do not use General Anesthesia for Endoscopy but a drug like Propofol which is a sedative.Some Anethsiologists will not use it if you had smoked Marijuana.But other may or use a different sedative ...Read more

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Does marijuana use have any interaction with general anesthesia? I use once a day and having VSG tomorrow.

Does marijuana use have any interaction with general anesthesia? I use once a day and having VSG tomorrow.

Probably not: A check of various drug interaction registries shown no interaction with a commonly used general anesthetic gas. However, atropine is an agent used in some forms during anesthesia and the cannabis increases risk of dizziness, etc. Which should not matter. There are many OTC meds that have interactions and some that might be prescribed by your doc. A confidential discussion (with doc) would be wise. ...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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Wonder if my past marijuana use will effect my upcoming minor surgery (general anesthesia) in about a months time. Thanks?

Wonder if my past marijuana use will effect my upcoming minor surgery (general anesthesia) in about a months time. Thanks?

It shouldn't: However, traces of thc remain in the system for a rather long time. 30 days should be sufficient for the drug to clear your system completely, but the key will be any use between now and then. ...Read more

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Does marijuana cause a reaction with anesthesia?

Does marijuana cause a reaction with anesthesia?

Mariuana anesth: Yes,

there are interactions and if you have recently taken marjuana you need to inform your anesthesia provider. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy in one week. Will smoking marijuana today and tomorrow have bad effects with the anesthesia during my colonoscopy?

I have a colonoscopy in one week. Will smoking marijuana today and tomorrow have bad effects with the anesthesia during my colonoscopy?

Rx?: If not, the biggest threat might be legal. Also you don't mention the likely strength or the amounts. Never be excessive. If you're in a safe place - the physical effects should not present a problem in moderation I hope it all goes well. ...Read more

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Having a GI Endoscopy in two days, as a heavy user of marijuana is it ok to smoke the day before? Worried about combining with anesthesia.

Having a GI Endoscopy in two days, as a heavy user of marijuana is it ok to smoke the day before? Worried about combining with anesthesia.

Check with anesthesI: You need to check with your physician or with somebody from your anesthesia team, since it depends on what kind of anesthesia they are going to use and how the weeds affect it ...Read more

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I have a small hand surgery tomorrow at 12 noon and will receive twilight anesthesia. Is it ok for me to vape a little marijuana tonight around 9?

I have a small hand surgery tomorrow at 12 noon and will receive twilight anesthesia. Is it ok for me to vape a little marijuana tonight around 9?

Not needed: If you are a habitual Marijuana user, remember it has health side effects and you should get on a program to stop it. If you are an occasional user, or wanted/used it for hand pain only, don't forget to mention it to the surgeon and anesthetist to make sure no interaction with other medicine used in a anesthesia occurs. Best of luck. ...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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Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

A little: Some medications that are used for anesthesia might hurt but many anesthesiologists will give medications that will make you forget and some medications for pain before they give you the medications that is mostly known to hurt (propofol). ...Read more

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Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Can you die from getting general anesthesia?

Yes: Anesthesia mortality over that last 50 years has gone from low to EXTREMELY low. In the wrong/poor hands, anything is possible, but, simply put death under anesthesia is about 10 times less than death when driving a car, and you don't ever think about that, do you? ...Read more

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What can being put on general anesthesia feel like?

It will begin: With an injection into your vein where you might feel dizzy or as if you had a few drinks but only for a few seconds before becoming unconscious. Then you will wake up, quickly in the operating room if a very short procedure, or in the recovery room. ...Read more

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What drugs are usually used in IV general anesthesia?

Primarily propofol: There are several IV meds but none have the "complete" profile for propofol as it has many characteristics needed for general anesthesia: amnesia, hypnosis and pain reliever. Despite its notoriety in the past by an androgynous pop star, its very safe in the proper hands of a professional who knows enough to monitor his/her patients diligently. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

Drowsy at first: Many people are surprised when they wake up, because it feels as though no time has passed at all. They can't believe that their procedure is actually over. You may feel a little groggy, and it's fine to go back to sleep. Mild nausea and a little pain from the surgery are also common. Ask your nurse for medicine to relieve nausea or pain. You'll feel more normal over the first hour or two. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and 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. Patients come to in the pacu after the op. ...Read more

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Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

Help please! Is being under general anesthesia peaceful?

Very Few Know: With modern anesthetics we try and 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. Some patient s have said that anesthesia is the best sleep. ...Read more

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How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

How are local anethesia and general anesthesia different?

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia blocks transmission of local nerves and nerve endings with local anesthetics applied locally. General anesthesia is systemic, introduced intravenously or by inhalation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

What is the definition or description of: general anesthesia?

Induced coma: 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 remember anything that happens. ...Read more

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For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

For what reasons general anesthesia is recommended for young people?

Depends on surgery: The need for general anesthesia is usually based on the type of surgery. For minor surgery, local anesthesia with sedation may be sufficient. For babies and small children who don't tolerate needles, GA may be necessary because they can't hold still or follow command. Otherwise, the surgery is the most important factor in determining the best type of anesthesia: GA, nerve block, spinal, epidural ...Read more

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How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

How much risk if there for a healthy person to have general anesthesia?

Very little risk: I tell all my healthy patients undergoing general anesthesia that it is without a doubt safer than driving home! For a healthy individual, general anesthesia is extremely safe. The risks of anesthesia for a healthy patient are mostly related to nausea/vomiting and oral trauma (cut lip, dental damage, etc.). Rarely, an otherwise healthy patient can have an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

Please let me know if there is such a thing as light general anesthesia?

General anesthesia: General is a category. When you are in general anesthesia, you are assisted with breathing maintenance. Conscious anesthesia is a lighter form. ...Read more

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Is endoscopy with general anesthesia?

Twilight: Typically it is done in a sedative state known as conscious sedation but depending on the depth and reflex, general anesthesia may be necessary or occur. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be smoking before general anesthesia?

Is it okay to be smoking before general anesthesia?

Ok, but not the best: If you are every day smoker, benefits of not smoking on the day of surgery are minimal. If you quit 8 weeks before surgery benefits are significant. As an anesthesiologist I prefer patients who try to stop as early as they can, but if not I can accept it. ...Read more

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Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

Endoscopy under general anesthesia, what to expect?

Upper endoscopy?: Upper endoscopy is a medical procedure that inspects upper GI tract and helps to find find the source of symptoms. First you will be adequately sedated then endoscope is inserted and procedure is performed. During the recovery you might feel slightly bloated, but you’ll be able to eat after the procedure. The results of the test will be explained, unless biopsy was performed.
Painless. ...Read more

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What are the risks these days of general anesthesia?

Its very safe!: Efforts by anesthesiologist to improve the safety of anesthesia has made general anesthesia very safe today. Risks can include medication reactions, damage to teeth or eyes, nerve injuries, heart attack, stroke and death, however for most patients this risk is extremely remote. Certain medical conditions make anesthesia more risky such as obesity, heart conditions, diabetes, etc. ...Read more

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I am so scared of general anesthesia/surgery. Any advice?

Get information!: Get information about the surgery you need, and about the kind of anesthesia that may be best for it. Talk with the anesthesiologist ahead of time so you have a better idea what to expect. Anesthesia and surgery carry risks, so check on the reputation of the doctors and hospital. Then you'll know you're in good hands. Once you're in the preop area, you can have a sedative to help you relax. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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