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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. Chad Levitt
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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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What is it like to go under general anesthesia?

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

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 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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Whats more dangerous for a kid, to go under general anesthesia or to be on conscious sedation?

Whats more dangerous for a kid, to go under general anesthesia or to be on conscious sedation?

Both have : Risks and benefits. Discuss your options with the surgeon and anesthesiologist and they will give you their best recommendations. ...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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If you go under general anesthesia , without a muscle relaxer.. would you still need an artificial airway ?

If you go under general anesthesia , without a muscle relaxer.. would you still need an artificial airway ?

Not necessarily,: there are quick cases where a mask only will be used, also if you have loose teeth an LMA might cause them to be dislodged and tracheal intubation might be difficult or not desired. A mask only is more difficult for the anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Can i go under general anesthesia for a wisdom teeth operation if pregnant?

Can i go under general anesthesia  for a wisdom teeth operation if pregnant?

Not recommended: If possible postpone after delivery. Baby in the utero can experience hypoxia( decrease or lack of oxygen) during the general anesthesia which may have bad consequences on their developing brain. ...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