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What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

What does general anesthesia feel like after I come to?

Drowsy at first: Many people are surprised when they wake up, because it feels as though no time has passed at all. They can't believe that their procedure is actually over. You may feel a little groggy, and it's fine to go back to sleep. Mild nausea and a little pain from the surgery are also common. Ask your nurse for medicine to relieve nausea or pain. You'll feel more normal over the first hour or two. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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 does general anesthesia feel like when you're falling asleep?

What does general anesthesia feel like when you're falling asleep?

Death -- I think: Not knowing what death feels like i would assume that anesthesia feels the same in that you feel nothing. You have no sesne that time goes by. There is no dreaming during anesthesia ( sometimes you may have dreams from other drugs used during the wake up process but not during anesthesia.) you simply close your eyes and then open them a half second later. But it's later and in another room. ...Read more

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What can being put on general anesthesia feel like?

What can being put on general anesthesia feel like?

It will begin: With an injection into your vein where you might feel dizzy or as if you had a few drinks but only for a few seconds before becoming unconscious. Then you will wake up, quickly in the operating room if a very short procedure, or in the recovery room. ...Read more

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What is it like getting general anesthesia?

What is it like getting general anesthesia?

Normally: If you're an adult the nurses start an iv, then you may receive versed if anxious. After the versed you might not remember anything except waking up in the recovery room possibly nauseous. Otherwise you will receive Propofol in your IV after the monitors placed, sometimes causing a burning sensation, and a few seconds later you will be asleep and wake up in the recovery room or immediately prior. ...Read more

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What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Suspended: Animation! from a patient persepctive, you count down to go out; next thing you know, you are awake and the procedure is over. Speaking from the memory of quadruple bypass 12 years ago. Surgeons insist the absolute taste alteration was from the anesthetic, but it lasted 2 weeks. ...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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What does it feel like to be put on general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put on 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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What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

Drifting to sleep: It feels like just drifting off to sleep very quickly. Occasionally patients recall feeling some burning or stinging in the IV site when medications (especially propofol) are injected into the vein. Sometimes people have the sensation of a funny smell or taste in the mouth. None of this lasts long, as sleep comes within seconds. When you wake up, you feel as though no time at all has passed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Good: In general, a premedication is given prior to going into the or so patients don't remember the induction of general anesthesia. If no premed is given, undergoing induction of general anesthesia is usually described as possibly a little burning or discomfort at the IV site then nothing until you wake up. Most people don't even remember this much. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to go under and then wake up from general anesthesia?

What does it feel like to go under and then wake up from general anesthesia?

Lose time: Many of my patients state that the time under anesthesia is like lost time --not sleep. They have no sense of what happened during the period of anesthesia and it is like they went through time. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

What does it feel like when you go under and wake up from general anesthesia?

Feelings Will Differ: Depending on how long the procedure lasts, how extensive the surgery is, your general medical condition and the types of medications you take routinely. After some procedures, a longer "wake-up" is desirable; for others, an immediate "wake-up "may occur, though you my have no memory of the events postoperatively until much later! prolonged sedation or antegrade amnesia are at work here. ...Read more

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Never had general anesthesia but I am having it on Friday what is it like going under? What will happen?

Interesting question: Many patients do not remember going under. They may remember prior to receiving the anxiolytic. Some patients remember entering the operating room and remember the different monitors the anesthesiologist places -blood pressure cuff, oxygen monitor, ekg leads and the placement of the oxygen mask. Some may feel some discomfort in their arm when the medicine is going in. ...Read more

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General anesthesia for hysterectomy, what is this like?

General anesthesia for hysterectomy, what is this like?

A blink of an eye..: I went through my first general anesthetic when i was practicing anesthesiologist. It felt like i closed eyes just for a second, and the next thing you hear "it is all done". I was very impressed. It does involve using different drugs and an airway - drugs have side effects and airways inserted when you are unconscious - some patients might experience discomfort or pain from those, it's rare. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Difficult question,: I have been under general anesthesia twice and don't remember anything, lots of patients report dreams during short anesthetics or not believing anything happened to them when they wake up. ...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?

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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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