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Doctor insights on: Waking Up During General Anesthesia

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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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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Should I be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Should I be worried about general anesthesia or not waking up for after a colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Discuss with doc: Many fears can be addressed if you talk to your healthcare professional. Egd ; colonoscopies are typically done only with sedation, and there is no general anesthesia. If you are really concerned, or if your md thinks you need general anesthesia, you will have an anesthesiologist there. ...Read more

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Will I get general anesthesia during pregnancy?

Sometimes it: Is necessary, but if possible it is avoided. Elective surgeries are postponed until after delivery. For labor, a regional technique is preferred. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Is general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Well: Depends on how severe the COPD if you can be safe you need to be evaluated pre op by anesthesia doctor ...Read more

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Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

Depends: Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy. Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid. ...Read more

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F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c for post menopausal bleeding I'll be under general anesthesia. What are my chances of not waking up? I'm so scared!!

F/57 having hysteroscopy d&c for post menopausal bleeding I'll be under general anesthesia. What are my chances of not waking up? I'm so scared!!

General: Anesthesia in United States of America in approved surgical center by a qualified Anesthesiologist is relatively safe. However preoperative medical clearance will ensure individual risk is addressed ...Read more

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What kind of anesthetic will I get for my brow lift? General anesthesia scares me, but I'm also not sure I want to be awake during a brow lift. What are my options? .

Talk to MD: This procedure is usually done under sedation with the use of local anesthesia. Talk to your surgeon and anesthesiologist and see what they need and expect for the surgery. Together you can come up with a plan that works for all of you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have general anesthesia during my c-section?

Yes: General anesthesia is riskier than spinal or epidural anesthesia for a cesarean. Which is right for you depends on why you are having a c-section and the other medical conditions you have. In some cases, general anesthesia is the safest method. If you are concerned and have time, ask to talk to an anesthesiologist before surgery to go over the specific risks for you. ...Read more

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Could having a bad seizure when I'm waking up after surgery be a reaction to general anesthesia?

No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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Is normally necessary to be given general anesthesia during wisdom tooth removal?

Is normally necessary to be given general anesthesia during wisdom tooth removal?

Neccessary: Not absolutely and more commonly it is conscious (IV) sedation more than general. You can have it done completely awake and just with local anesthesia (i do a lot of them) or you can sleep through it and remember little to nothing. Most would prefer to sleep but may not want the cost. Ask your dental provider for more details. ...Read more

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Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which isn't helpful when you're facing major surgery. If you need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to surgery, it still should be ok to take your medicines with a sip if water. However, stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) does not affect general anesthesia in any significant way. ...Read more

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How will surgeons know if I feel pain or I'm awake during general anesthesia? Is it true I'm more at risk because I'm underweight (7 stone)?

How will surgeons know if I feel pain or I'm awake during general anesthesia? Is it true I'm more at risk because I'm underweight (7 stone)?

Not really: The surgeons might not know, but your anesthesia provider will be most likely aware. We monitor your vital signs as well as potentially brain function to figure out the depth of anesthesia. Being awake during general anesthesia is an extremely uncommon event. Being underweight should know increase your risk of awareness. ...Read more

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I heard that people usually get local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. My sister is 15 and got a general anesthesia. Why?

I heard that people usually get local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. My sister is 15 and got a general anesthesia. Why?

Some sedation: Most people actually get some form of sedation for an endoscopy. The type used actually does induce light sleep so that the patient is not troubled by the endoscope. This is why some people feel that they had a general anesthetic. If you sister was not willing to have an iv, the anesthesiologist may have had to give her a mask anesthetic to get an IV in. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia (twilight sedation) during wisdom tooth extraction okay?

Anesthesia Choices: In conjunction with your oral surgeon, such a choice will be based on the complexity level of the procedure, your medical history and anxiety level. ...Read more

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Sister is 15. She got general anesthesia instead of local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. It was 9 am and she got it through gas and iv. Why?

Sister is 15. She got general anesthesia instead of local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. It was 9 am and she got it through gas and iv. Why?

Sedation: Most if not all patients require some sedation for endoscopies. Usually this is accomplished by medication through an iv. Some patients, usually children, do not want an IV while they are awake, so an anesthesiologist can use gas to sedate the patient and then place an iv. The rest of the sedation will be done via the iv. Local anesthetic alone is not usually effective. ...Read more

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Knee scope done under general anesthesia. Waking up in recovery room I was shivering and shaking. Why does that happen? Have very sore muscles now.

Knee scope done under general anesthesia. Waking up in recovery room I was shivering and shaking. Why does that happen? Have very sore muscles now.

GA: Shivering and shaking is quite common after an operation and its due to body temp changes. This can also happen after a GA. The muscle pains are probably due to the use of succinylcholine - which is a paralyzing agent - you would have to check your records. The muscle pains will resolve. ...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