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What are the things you should do before you go under general anesthesia?

What are the things you should do before you go under general anesthesia?

Meet anesthesiologis: General anesthesia is very safe. It is important to not eat the day of surgery, take any medications they tell you to early in the morning with some water. Discuss with the anesthesiologist your medical history, your procedure, and the anesthetic plan. Then relax, we'll take good care of you. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Do you think I should go under general anesthesia for liposuction?

Do you think I should go under general anesthesia for liposuction?

Talk to surgeon: Depending on where the procedure is being performed the use of sedation may provide enough coverage. I would talk to the plastic surgeon performing the procedure and see what they recommend. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a spinal or just go under general anesthesia?

Do you think I should get a spinal or just go under general anesthesia?

Depends: There are some operations that can be done under spinal anesthesia, there are others that need a full general. Talk to your surgeon and your anesthesiologist before the operation to get the full picture. ...Read more

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Can you breathe on your own with arthoscopic shoulder surgery? I know you go under general anesthesia

Can you breathe on your own with arthoscopic shoulder surgery? I know you go under general anesthesia

Not necessarily,: if you have general anesthesia you will probably be in the lateral position and require an artificial airway, but unless your surgeon requires muscle relaxation you can breathe spontaneously without ventilator assistance. ...Read more

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Would anything bad happen if you eat before you get put under with anesthesia?

Would anything bad happen if you eat before you get put under with anesthesia?

Aspiration: It greatly increases the risk of vomiting and aspirating stomach contents into the lungs. It's important to follow the surgical team reccomendations about the fasting time. ...Read more

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Do I have to eat before having surgery under local anesthesia?

Talk to MD: Patients having any type of anesthesia should not eat for at least 6 hours before a procedure. Even if there is only going to be local anesthesia used i would recommend following these guidelines. I would hate to see you have your case rescheduled because you ate something. ...Read more

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Why do anesthesiologists administer something to make you relax just before you go to the operating room?

Why do anesthesiologists administer something to make you relax just before you go to the operating room?

Or is stressful: For many patients, entering the or is stressful so anesthesiologist give a little anxiolytics and even an analgesic like versed and fentanyl before entering. These meds also make the induction of anesthetic faster ie it makes the process of falling asleep quicker. ...Read more

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Do you think it could be ok to take diphenhydramine before going under anesthesia?

Yes: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphenyhydramine) is sometimes given to patient's undergoing anesthesia to help prevent allergic reactions, or in some cases to provide some mild sedation. If you do take it please let your anesthesiologist know. However, it should not be a problem with your anesthetic. ...Read more

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Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Why are you not supposed to eat or drink anything for 6 hours prior to having a general anaesthetic?

Prevent aspiration: During anesthesia you might regurgitate stomach contents. Since the airway reflexes are also anesthetized, this might enter the trachea and lungs where it can cause pneumonia. It is safest to avoid oral intake, however the anesthesiologist can take precautions when surgery is necessary in a shorter time frame. ...Read more

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Please answer! what really happens when you go under general anesthetic?

Please answer! what really happens when you go under general anesthetic?

General anesthesia : When patients undergo general anesthesia, they lose consciousness and they don't remember anything about the event. The loss of consciousness is reversible, and when the medications wear off, the patients wake up. ...Read more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What happens to your body when you go under general anesthesia?

Brain waves: Your brain waves ( EEG ) will change and it depends what level of general anesthesia . The deeper the level the more changes. Your blood pressure and pulse may get lower. Your breathing will slow down then stop at some point if muscle relaxant is used. That is why you must have assisted venilation by the anesthesiologist. That why your vital signs, oxygen saturation must be monitored continuosly. ...Read more

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Do they puter you under general anethesia for a miscarriage ?

Do they puter you under general anethesia for a miscarriage ?

MOST LIKELY: Most likely yes either that os under spinal they wand you to be pain free while they trying to dilate your cervix to enter the uterus and perform the d and c which mean dilatation and curettage which could be painful without anesthesia. ...Read more

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When do you get general versus specific anaesthesia?

When do you get general versus specific anaesthesia?

It depends: On the type of surgery, preference of the surgeon, patient's medical problems, and skill and preference of your anesthesiologist. You can discuss options in the office with your surgeon when scheduling the procedure. But the final determination will be made by your anesthesiologist on the day of surgery. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to a general practioner or go to the hospital for lung and heart issue?

Do you think I should go to a general practioner or go to the hospital for lung and heart issue?

See family physician: First see your primary care physician and between you and her/him decide who the specialist(s) to consult. ...Read more

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When after you have a baby do you need to wait to have cosmetic surgery?

When after you have a baby do you need to wait to have cosmetic surgery?

6 weeks: Most surgeons will probably suggest you wait at least 6 weeks before undergoing cosmetic surgery. You want to make sure you have fully recovered from your delivery; including correcting any anemia that resulted and waiting for any swelling associated with the pregnancy to resolve. ...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