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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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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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Side effects of regional anesthesia for delivery?

Side effects of regional anesthesia for delivery?

Regional anesthesia: Regional anesthesia is extremely safe and commonly used during labor and delivery. At my institution the epidural rate is nearly 90%. We are careful to use as low doses of local anesthetic and opioid combinations. The common effects seen are decreased sensation and motor strength in the lower extremities (expected) and occasionally a decreased blood pressure (also expected) which we treat prn. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Varied: When we discuss possible side effects we may group them into "more likely", "less likely", and "rare" and personalize the information for the patient's health issues and procedure. Example list: nausea, vomiting, sore throat, tooth damage, inadequate post-op pain relief, allergies or other reaction to medication ranging from minor to severe, heart rhythm problems, urinary retention, etc. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some side effects of long term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

I was wondering what are some side effects of long term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

Isoflurane Exposure: This is usually an academic question as the use of this medication is with an anesthesia machine with a scavenging system which eliminates/reduces the occupational exposure risk (niosh recommendation below 2 ppm). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long-term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

What are the side effects of long-term anesthesia (isoflurane) exposure?

Subtle but present: While research is ongoing, there is an increasing body of evidence showing long term exposure to even small amounts of any of the inhaled anesthetics, which includes Isoflourane, has temporary or potentially permanent side effects. They include miscarriages and cognitive impairment such as memory, learning and behavioral deficiency. They are mostly subtle in young, healthy patients though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Many (small): Anesthesia complications such as airway complications (dental trauma, sore throat);, pulmonary complications (pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices), cardiovascular complications (heart attack), neurological complications (nerve injuries, etc;) , awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease. ...Read more

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What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

Short-lived: General anesthesia that a mother receives passes through her system into the baby's system. However, it goes away quickly too. If the baby were born right away, it might be sleepy or need help with breathing. But assuming that the baby is not born yet, the anesthesia meds will be gone within a few hours. At 30 weeks, all the baby's organs and limbs are formed, so there is no risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Usually none: There are rarely psychological effects from anesthesia. Some people do have a phobia of needles, or losing control, but usually this is not a problem. The drugs themselves do not cause psychological effects. Some concerns do exist, in the extremes of age, of effects on the brain, but these are not clear at this time. ...Read more

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I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under". What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia. I've never had it.

I have an endoscopy this month and am concerned about being "put under".  What are the risks/side effects of general anesthesia.  I've never had it.

Quite safe: In the setting of controlled environment, general anesthesia is extremely safe nowadays. Just make sure you go through the screening questions thoroughly with your anesthesiologist, so he/she knows your allergies, medical history, etc. ...Read more

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Could you explain harmful side effects to making someone fall asleep with anesthesia?

Could you explain harmful side effects to making someone fall asleep with anesthesia?

Safe anesthesia: Anesthesia carries with it several serious risks, which can include death and disability. Millions of anesthetics are delivered every year in north america alone and the margin of safety is phenomenal. A patient's risks are determined during work up and there is an asa ps classification system used to categorize patients. In-office oral surgery sedation is extremely well tolerated and safe. ...Read more

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