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Please help me with this? Scared of surgery & general anesthesia?

Please help me with this? Scared of surgery & general anesthesia?

Talk to your MD's: As far as anesthesia, write down all your questions and concerns before surgery and when you meet with anesthesiologist ask him/her to address those concerns. General anesthesia is typically safe; as with any procedures, it has its benefits, risks and alternatives. As far as surgery, talk to your surgeon about your concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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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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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Father has MS biopsy of calcification in small salivary gland came back atypical can't rule out neoplasm needs surgery general anesthesia with MS ok?

Father has MS biopsy of calcification in small salivary gland came back atypical can't rule out neoplasm needs surgery general anesthesia with MS ok?

No problem: Do not see any medication that he is taking for multiple sclerosis. Is the disease "burned out" or secondary progressive without relapses? Assuming that he does not have cardiac or pulmonary issues, and merely has history of ms, cannot see any reason to Prohibit general anesthesia. Should not affect the ms even if the disease were active relapsing-remitting. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's common to have breathing complications from surgery under general anesthesia?

Wondering if it's common to have breathing complications from surgery under general anesthesia?

It can happen: Lung complications, such as deflation of little lung units, or pneumonia, can occur after general anesthesia. The best thing to prevent this would be to do deep breathing exercises. ...Read more

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Why do you need to give a patient a benzodiazipine prior to surgery with general anesthesia?

Why do you need to give a patient a benzodiazipine prior to surgery with general anesthesia?

Helps the anesthetic: Maybe I should leave this for an anesthesiologist to answer, but basically it's because benzo's are relatively safe ; help relaxation ; forgetting the procedure, so that less general anesthesia (which is more hazardous) is needed. Often multiple drugs are used in anesthesia to balance the aims ; the medical risks. ...Read more

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I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?

No: Postoperative cognitive decline (pocd) whereby there is a deterioration in cognitive (intellectual) or memory function is a known condition that can occur after general anesthesia. Although not normal the condition improves over time. At this time there is no treatment. ...Read more

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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

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My5yr old had dental surgery under general anesthesia. He had versed before and Dr said he'd forget everything he remembers it all how come?

My5yr old had dental surgery under general anesthesia. He had versed before and Dr said he'd forget everything he remembers it all how come?

Unusual: But remember that no two people react to medication exactly the same way. Talk to the Dentist that did the treatment. Your son may or may not actually be remembering. Worth investigating. ...Read more

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What are the causes of heart palpitations after having surgery with general anesthesia.?

What are the causes of heart palpitations after having surgery with general anesthesia.?

You should see: A doctor, because it can be a cardiac rhythm problem. Some of these are benign and transient, but others are dangerous. Only cardiac monitor or ekg will tell the difference. ...Read more

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Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

Noticing eye floaters three months after surgery under general anesthesia. Can drugs used for anesthesia cause eye problems such as floaters?

No: Commonly used drugs for anesthesia do not directly cause eye floaters. You should see an eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice a sudden increase in floaters, eye pain, changes in vision. ...Read more

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Hernia surgery under general anesthesia schd in 10 days. Heavy drinker and rec. Drug user. Have used Coke, crystal, Vicodin in last 20 days. Is a 10 day detox likely sufficient to mitigate risk assuming no other health factors. Can't disclose to Dr.

Ideally 2 weeks: Ideally you should be clean 2 weeks before general anesthesia The risk is you have a cardiac arrhythmia and die on the table. It is never a good idea to hide your drug use from your physicians because the drugs in your system interfere with the drugs and treatments he/she provides. They may drug test you before the surgery and if positive cancel the surgery. But it's better than dying ...Read more

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I had surgery with general anesthesia 1 week ago. I woke up with sore throat & sometimes I could feel my uvula. Now, there is white tip and redness.

I had surgery with general anesthesia 1 week ago. I woke up with sore throat & sometimes I could feel my uvula. Now, there is white tip and redness.

Intubation done for: General anesthesia with an endotracheal tube placement to connect your lungs to a ventilator machine to breath for you while anesthetized can easily result in pharynx trauma=sore throat, depending on how placed & skill of anesthesiologist (should have told you about this before & in writing after). The "white tip & redness" is c/w pharyngeal cellulitis (red) & a small abscess (white). ...Read more

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I had surgery w general anesthesia 4 days ago. It hurt a lot when they pulled out the breathing tube. My throat is still sore and my voice is still very hoarse. Should I be concerned about this?

I had surgery w general anesthesia 4 days ago. It hurt a lot when they pulled out the breathing tube. My throat is still sore and my voice is still very hoarse. Should I be concerned about this?

Common: It is common to have sore throat and mild hoarseness after intubation for general anesthesia. Generally this resolves in a week or less. Review with your surgeon if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My kid cardio show trace psycological pulmonary insufficiency &traicupid regurgitation. Is it safe if she has dental surgery under general anesthesia?

My kid cardio show trace psycological pulmonary insufficiency &traicupid regurgitation. Is it safe if she has dental surgery under general anesthesia?

Communication: Important that you communicate your child's medical history in exquisite detail. Important that the oral surgeon or pediatric dentist communicate with your child's cardiologist or pediatrician, ; with the anesthesiologist. This should be done automatically, but for your own piece of mind communicate your concerns to all the people involved with your child's care. They want the best for her. ...Read more

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Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

No.: Bun/cr are affected by a variety of factors - volume status, medications, etc but effects are not generally long lasting or even cumulative. If surgery/ anesthesia affected your kidney, your numbers would generally bounce back right away. ...Read more

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Does every surgery that require general anesthesia use intubation?

No: No, it is also possible by a mask, depends on the type of surgery and duration of anesthesia, etc.. ...Read more

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What is the average cost of outpatient sinus surgery done under general anesthesia in sacramento, ca area?

What is the average cost of outpatient sinus surgery done under general anesthesia in sacramento, ca area?

Cost anesth surg: Each hospital within the sacramento area has the ability to negotiate their own prices. What's more there can be differences between the costs at the public hospital, the private hospital, the va hospital and outpatient surgery centers. ...Read more

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I have tinnitus. After a non-related surgery when the general anesthesia wore off the ringing was gone temporarily. Any idea why? Maybe a drug used?

Tinnitus is: A perceived sensation of sound happening without a source of external acoustic stimulation...Excessive noise, trauma, middle ear problems, specific drug side effects, local tumor, progressive hearing loss can be responsible. An evaluation by an ENT and/or an audiologist is advised, even though your symptoms may have abated. ...Read more

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Severe neck, shoulder, and upper back pain after d&c surgery yesterday. Had general anesthesia. What can I do for pain relief. Feel stiff as a board!

Severe neck, shoulder, and upper back pain after d&c surgery yesterday. Had general anesthesia. What can I do for pain relief. Feel stiff as a board!

Ask your doctor.: Most of the time, anti inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen are ok after surgery, as long as your aren't bleeding much. Ask your doctor. Otherwise, Acetaminophen (parecetamol, tylenol) 1000 mg 2-3 times a day for a few days can help and are usually safe after surgery. Warm packs, and getting up and moving around as much as you can may help. ...Read more

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I want a breast lift surgery with no general anesthesia. Can I get that?

While I've done: Small breast lifts, like the benelli or "donut" method, that way, with just local anesthesia, I wouldn't recommend it for any of the more extensive breast lift procedures. ...Read more

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Can a sinus mucocele ever be treated as an in-office procedure or is it always outpatient at a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia?

Can a sinus mucocele ever be treated as an in-office procedure or is it always outpatient at a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia?

Depends on location: If this is a peripheral lesion it can be treated in the office. If it is located around the airway, that is neck or face, a general anesthetic may be preferable. Talk to your surgeon about options. ...Read more

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

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

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General anesthesia for a toddler? Should I be concerned about my 2 year old having a surgery done that requires general anesthesia?

Always Concern: A parent should always be concerned for the health and safety of their child. There are risks associated with anesthesia, and it takes a anesthesiologist who is well trained and comfortable with pediatrics to do these cases. Discuss the risk and benefits with this anesthesiologist and then see if you are comfortable. ...Read more

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Are doctors pro or against general anesthesia in small routine surgery?

See below: General=asleep, regional=numb, local=skin.
Once a patient has decided upon a surgery there is not usually a great choice for the anesthetic. In the or a patient may get a regional for knee surgery, but also gets enough anesthesia to put them asleep for the operation. There only preference is how the combinations are bound together to provide the best care for the patient.. ...Read more

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What are the effects of general anesthesia from surgery on a four week fetus?

What are the effects of general anesthesia from surgery on a four week fetus?

Unknown: It is hard totellwhat the effects might be because no one will do a study on pregnant women. In general, it is best to put off any elective surgery and anesthesia until pregnancy is over. If you can't for some reason, the anesthesiologist will select the agents and techniques least likely to cause problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risks of being put under general anesthesia during surgery?

Can you tell me the risks of being put under general anesthesia during surgery?

Many ;#40;small;#41;: Anesthesia complications such as airway complications ;#40;dental trauma, sore throat;#41;, pulmonary complications ;#40;pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices;#41;, cardiovascular complications ;#40;heart attack;#41;, neurological complications ;#40;nerve injuries, etc;#41;, awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease;#41;. ...Read more

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When you have surgery done in your put under general anesthesia is it true that they film the procedure?

When you have surgery done in your put under general anesthesia is it true that they film the procedure?

Generally No: Unless there are special circumstances, video filming is not done in an operating room. Possibly in some laparoscopic or arthroscopic procedures, sometimes still photographs are taken of the surgical findings. ...Read more

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At what weight will I be too thin to have general anesthesia for a surgery. I'm female, 5'7" & weigh 120lbs, have lost 13lb due to gallbldder disease.

At what weight will I be too thin to have general anesthesia for a surgery. I'm female, 5'7" & weigh 120lbs, have lost 13lb due to gallbldder disease.

Too thin?: Being "too thin" does not cause difficulty for general anesthesia. Obesity, on the other hand, can make the airway more difficult to handle and cause other difficulties with surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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How does general anesthesia wear off after surgery?

Many mechanisms: Two most common is blowing off anesthetic gases from your lungs and second decrease in concentration of anesthetic, sedative and pain medications in your blood. You will get an oxygen mask immediately after for a little while. Relax, take nice deep breaths in and out and you'll be out of the recovery unit in no time. ...Read more

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How long to breasfeed after general anesthesia, 2 hours surgery?

Another thought: Many lactation consultants are now instructing patients that there is no need to pump and dump from one exposure to general anesthesia. The amount that makes it to the milk is extremely small. Personnel preference must be respected however. There is no harm in dumping for 24 hrs. I agree though have a talk with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Please help me with this? Scared about general anesthesia for my surgery?

Ask Anesthesiologist: Write down all your questions and concerns before surgery and when you meet with anesthesiologist ask him/her to address those concerns. General anesthesia is typically safe; as with any procedures, it has it's benefits, risks and alternatives. ...Read more

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Scared about general anesthesia for my surgery. What can you tell me to ease my worries?

General anesthesia: Rest assured that general anesthesia is extremely safe when performed by an accredited practitioner in a properly accredited institution. Literally thousands of anesthetics are performed daily in the us and my patient's are often amazed at how easy the procedure/anesthetic was for them. I would encourage you to discuss you concerns with you anesthesia team/provider preoperatively. ...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


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