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I am undergoing a colon test next week and they will be using Propofol. They used general anesthesia on me when I had a hysterectomy done and I had a lot of problems. Was it Propofol they used that caused the problems?

I am undergoing a colon test next week and they will be using Propofol. They used general anesthesia on me when I had a hysterectomy done and I had a lot of problems. Was it Propofol they used that caused the problems?

Probably..: Sorry to hear you had a problem. In experienced hands, Propofol is an excellent component of general anesthesia. Speaking to your colonoscopist about your past experience should give you other options and allay your concerns. ...Read more

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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 are the most common medications used in general anesthesia?

What are the most common medications used in general anesthesia?

Multiple: Anesthesia is amnesia, analgesia and, often, akinesia (no movement). Each of these requires different medication, although some medication may have overlap (for example, ketamine would have analgesic and amnesic properties). The most common amnesics used are propofol, benzodiazepines, and anesthesia vapors. Analgesics would be narcotics and NSAIDs. The most commonly used relaxant is rocuronium ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the most common medications and/or compounds used in general anesthesia?

Multiple: You need something for amnesia (propofol, etomidate), analgesia (fentanyl, meperidine), muscle relaxation (not always required: rocuronium, vecuronium), nausea and vomiting prevention (ondansetron, dexamethazone), maintenance of anesthesia (desflurane, isoflurane). ...Read more

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Can you tell me is intubation always used in general anesthesia?

Can you tell me is intubation always used in general anesthesia?

No: General anesthesia can be conducted with spontaneously breathing patient using an anesthesia mask. Often the oral airways are used, that look anything like a short curved tube or a fancy spoon, that do not pass the vocal cords (supraglottic airways). ...Read more

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Names of typical/common drugs/steroids used for general anesthesia in outpatient sinus surgery? Any risk of cancer side effects or other side effects?

Names of typical/common drugs/steroids used for general anesthesia in outpatient sinus surgery? Any risk of cancer side effects or other side effects?

Anesthesia meds: For a general anesthetic, you may receive intravenous medications such as midazolam, fentanyl, and propofol. You also may receive inhaled medications such as nitrous oxide or sevoflurane (administered with oxygen after you have fallen asleep under general anesthesia). Other medications may include anti-nausea drugs and steroids such as Hydrocortisone or dexamethasone. ...Read more

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What drugs are usually used in IV general anesthesia?

Primarily propofol: There are several IV meds but none have the "complete" profile for propofol as it has many characteristics needed for general anesthesia: amnesia, hypnosis and pain reliever. Despite its notoriety in the past by an androgynous pop star, its very safe in the proper hands of a professional who knows enough to monitor his/her patients diligently. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to remove skin bridges on a penis? Is local or general anesthesia used? In-office visit? Cauterization or scalpel and stitches?

How difficult is it to remove skin bridges on a penis? Is local or general anesthesia used? In-office visit? Cauterization or scalpel and stitches?

Depends: Most of the time could be done under local, some doctors offices are equipped other are not, doe in ambulatory facilities, speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia used for sinus grafting? I'm terrified of having dental work done, and prefer to be knocked out completely for major procedures. Is sinus grafting a procedure that is done with local anesthetics or do most surgeons use general anesth

Is general anesthesia used for sinus grafting? I'm terrified of having dental work done, and prefer to be knocked out completely for major procedures. Is sinus grafting a procedure that is done with local anesthetics or do most surgeons use general anesth

Use IV sedation..: General anesthesia is rarely indicated for sinus graft surgery. Iv sedation is what I would consider if you're anxious. This way, you're completely comfortable, won't remember anything, and won't have tubes down your throat. Furthermore, you'll recover faster and have less side effects from the anesthesia. Although local anesthetic can be used to perform a sinus graft, I prefer IV sedation. ...Read more

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IV general anesthesia VS inhaled general anesthesia. Which is more commonly used?

IV general anesthesia VS inhaled general anesthesia. Which is more commonly used?

Both used commonly: Both are used commonly. Many times combined. This way you less of each type and can decrease the side effects. If I had a choice I would go w IV anesthesia. ...Read more

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What is general anesthesia?

What is general anesthesia?

What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure, is not feel pain, and will not be aware the procedure being done, by anesthetic medications, your breathing is controlled, all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional (s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia safe?

Yes.: General anesthesia has a long history with literally millions of people getting anesthetics every year. But there are risks. It is obviously riskier in the very young and very old. It is riskier if you have serious medical problems like congestive heart failure or COPD. It is riskier if you are having a very prolonged or complicated surgical procedure. But yes, general anesthesia is safe. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia dangerous?

Is general anesthesia dangerous?

Relative to what: I have done anesthesia for 42000 cases, no deaths, mi, wake ups during surgery for generals, no comas, my most frequent problems =16 broken teeth, 22 inhailing vomit giving 3 pneumonias, two nerve damages. Is that safe? When I started the death rate was 1 per 5000 now it is less than 1 per 200, 000 for healthy patients. Is that safe? Not nearly as safe as the airlines and it should be and can be. ...Read more

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What does general anesthesia mean?

What does general anesthesia mean?

Fully unconscious: General anesthesia means you will be completely asleep, unable to respond to commands, unable to feel, hear or remember, and usually will have some kind of breathing device placed in your airway (throat). An anesthesiologist will monitor you closely and give you medications to keep you "asleep" and comfortable, keep you alive while operating on you, and most importantly wake you up! ...Read more

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Can you die from general anesthesia?

Can you die from general anesthesia?

Very rare: General anesthesia is very commonly used today, with extremely rare complications. Nothing is 100% safe, but this is much, much safer than even 10 years ago. ...Read more

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What drugs are in general anesthesia?

Lots: It usually depends on whether you have any allergies and what kind of surgery your getting. It is usually a cocktail. For general anesthesia, we use about 5 drugs to begin the process. Some are Lidocaine, propofol, versed, fentanyl, various gases, muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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When is general anesthesia necessary?

When is general anesthesia necessary?

Several factors: It depends on the surgical procedure being performed and wether it can be safely performed under regional or local anesthesia as well as patient position and coexisting diseases. ...Read more

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Could getting general anesthesia hurt?

A little: Some medications that are used for anesthesia might hurt but many anesthesiologists will give medications that will make you forget and some medications for pain before they give you the medications that is mostly known to hurt (propofol). ...Read more

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How can I recover from general anesthesia?

Reat: Generally speaking the medications given to you during your surgery will just wear off on their own. It is best however just to relax as your body recovers ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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