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What are the risks of general anesthesia with propofol?

What are the risks of general anesthesia with propofol?

Minimal,: you will have an anesthesiologist and secured airway. The risks are with sedation with unqualified personnel ...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


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What are some complications of anesthesia if overweight?

What are some complications of anesthesia if overweight?

Breathing Airway: More flesh in the pharynx (throat) may constrict and restrict the airway. Anesthesia relaxes the muscles that work to keep the airway open. Fat can also "absorb" the anesthesia, then slowly release it causing prolonged anesthesia. ...Read more

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What are some cardiovascular risks after receiving anasthesia?

What are some cardiovascular risks after receiving anasthesia?

Abnormal heart: rhythm or arrythmias can occur. Make sure you speak to the anesthesiologist about any procedures before proceeding ahead, as you are on some hefty medications, and need your high blood pressure controlled when undergoing any procedure. ...Read more

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Is there the same risk of post-operative death (e.G., cardiac arrhythmia) from conscious sedation as there is with general anesthesia?

No.: No. Conscious sedation has far lower risk than general anesthesia. That is why we try to go with conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia if we can. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for surgical general anaestesia?

What are the risk factors for surgical general anaestesia?

Very safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one in 350, 000 cases or more. Advances in monitoring, medical training, drugs and support have greatly decreased the risk. The main concerns after ga are usually nausea and vomiting post op. ...Read more

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Hi , I have obstructive sleep apnea , is there any risk factors having surgery (going under general anaesthetic) ?

Hi , I have obstructive sleep apnea , is there any risk factors having surgery (going under general anaesthetic) ?

As the comment: States, it's not a problem during the general anesthetic, the anesthesiologist will be monitoring you and can easily deal with any problems. But after the surgery if taking narcotic pain meds or sedation your sleep apnea will get worse and you will not be monitored as carefully. Suggest having respiratory therapy evaluate for CPAP or continue CPAP you might be using at home. ...Read more

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What are the risks of general anesthesia?

What are the risks of general anesthesia?

Many risks: But fortunately they are rare. Among the risks are nausea or vomiting, muscle soreness, a sore throat, constipation, headaches, and very rarely allergic reactions or life threatening reactions to anesthetic agents. Death is rare but can happen. ...Read more

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What are some of the problems faced by people whoho. Have had vertical sleeve operations?

What are some of the problems faced by people whoho. Have had vertical sleeve operations?

Sleeve problems: Nausea for the first few weeks. Heartburn and reflux can occur and be permanent. The worst complication would be a leak from the staple line which can occur 1-3% of the time nationwide. A leak can cause sepsis and be fatal. This is rare, but something you should know about. Overall it is a safe operation and i routinely perform them. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a healthy person dying under general anaesthetia?

What are the chances of a healthy person dying under general anaesthetia?

Very low: If you are truly healthy, then the risk of dying under anesthesia should be low. But this depends on the type of procedure you are having done. I highly recommend a complete physical exam by your primary care physician prior to undergoing surgery (this is a requirement at my hospital regardless of age or health status). ...Read more

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What are the most prominent health risks for elderly folk who are obese?

What are the most prominent health risks for elderly folk who are obese?

Obesity in elderly: Obesity in elderly increases risk for heart disease, high BP, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, cancer etc. Obesity can lead to debility & loss of function/independence and vice versa. Check out https://hpi.georgetown.edu/agingsociety/pubhtml/obesity2/obesity2.html, http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/97/1/169.full & http://www.obesityaction.org/wp-content/uploads/Obesity_in_the_Elderly_online.pdf ...Read more

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What are the health risks for sedation? Are there long term health risks due to heavy sedation?

What are the health risks for sedation? Are there long term health risks due to heavy sedation?

Short term : Risks include hypotension and respiratory depression. You should be properly monitored and the medication should be administered by a dedicated, well trained physician. The only long term risks relate directly to complications experienced during the procedure. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass surgery safe for people that are obese?

Is gastric bypass surgery safe for people that are obese?

Yes: The laparoscopic approach has greatly reduced the risks associated with gastric bypass. In experienced hands, the 30 day mortality rate is around 0.13%, with a leak rate less than 0.2%. Overall, the complication rate is lower than many other procedures such as hip or colon surgery. There can be significant nutritional deficiencies, which can be minimized by regular follow-up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more

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What are some of the complications for women who undergone foot bunion operation?

What are some of the complications for women who undergone foot bunion operation?

Short list: Bunion surgery has a good probability of success if the correct procedure and patient are chosen. Possible complications could include infection, stiffness, scarring, problems with bone healing or fixation devices, poor cosmetic result or toe alignment, etc. Most poor results occur with patients who don't follow proper post-op care instructions. Be a good patient and pick a good surgeon. ...Read more

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What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia more dangerous for people who have had epilepsy surgery?

Is general anesthesia more dangerous for people who have had epilepsy surgery?

Shouldn't be: If you are still taking any medications to prevent seizures, you should keep taking them with a sip of water on your usual schedule up to the time of surgery. Be sure to tell the anesthesiologist about your epilepsy surgery and how long it has been since you/ve had a seizure. Anesthesia medications can be selected, if necessary, to reduce the chance of any problems related to epilepsy. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved in having obesity surgery?

What are the risks involved in having obesity surgery?

Varies by procedure : Always consider risks and benefits. For band, risk of slip (2%), erosion (1%), removal (25%). For sleeve, risk of leak (1%), acid reflux & heartburn (8%). For bypass , risk of leak (0.5%), ulcer (1%), stricture (4%), obstruction (1%). For all, risk of gallstones (5%), temporary bleeding 1%, leg/lung clot 1%. Overall, all are about as safe as taking out appendix. Most complications can be treated. ...Read more

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Which cosmetic surgeries are the riskiest for death?

Which cosmetic surgeries are the riskiest for death?

Major surgery: In general cosmetic surgery rates of problems and the rare incidence of death increases as the amount of tissue dealt with increases. The risk of death is also increased with general instead of local anesthesia. And of course the health of the patient and the age of the patient are factors in assessing the risk. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more