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How often do people die from anesthesia? I’ve read that it’s rare, but what does that really mean? I’m worried i could be one of those rare times and i’m not sure how to make sure i’m not.

How often do people die from anesthesia? I’ve read that it’s rare, but what does that really mean? I’m worried i could be one of those rare times and i’m not sure how to make sure i’m not.

1.1 per million: The anesthesia-related death rate was 1.1 per million population> anesthesia complications were the underlying cause in (10.9%) and a contributing factor in (89.1%). 46.6% of the anesthesia-related deaths were due to overdose of anesthetics; 79.7% from adverse effects of anesthetics ; 19.1% resulted from complications during pregnancy, labor, and puerperium; and 1.2% due from faulty intubation. ...Read more

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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


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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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What is meant by manipulation under anesthesia?

Dislocations: Manipulation of dislocated body parts, i.E, . Fractures, etc, and/or joints is often performed under sedation and/or general anesthesia when the procedure may not be tolerated as well under local anesthesia alone. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a patient can't start breathing again on their own after being under general anesthesia?

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What does it mean if a patient can't start breathing again on their own after being under general anesthesia?

Many things: It could be too much pain medicine, other anesthetics, inadequate paralytic reversal, other physiolog abnormality (electrolytes off, hypothermia), or problem with the central nervous system. A review of medications given, clinical evaluation, and possible imaging should reveal the cause. ...Read more

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Recently septoplasty operation been performed.. In it local anesthesia used! what does that mean? Was is mistake use local instead of general

Recently septoplasty operation been performed.. In it local anesthesia used! what does that mean? Was is mistake use local instead of general

Septoplasyt : No , the ENT specialties often use after or during septoplasyt to 1- decrease the bleeding during surgery ( when it's combined with Epinephrine ) and 2- decrease postop pain ... ...Read more

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After my deep cleaning with anesthesia, i have pockets with dark gums. does this mean my gums have to heal? i was also perscribe a oral rinse 2x day

After my deep cleaning with anesthesia, i have pockets with dark gums. does this mean my gums have to heal? i was also perscribe a oral rinse 2x day

Give it time: The deep cleaning was performed to remove accumulated calculus and to stimulate gingival healing. After a healing period your dentist will re-evaluate the condition of your gums and determine if further treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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If someone has a high tolerance to dental local anesthetics, does this mean they would also have a high tolerance to general anesthesia?

If someone has a high tolerance to dental local anesthetics, does this mean they would also have a high tolerance to general anesthesia?

Different drugs: Local anesthetic is usually lidocaine or bupivicaine. General anesthetic is halothane or propofol or some other type of drug. So, in short, while you may have a high tolerance to locals and generals, there is no way to use one to compare the other as they are different drugs, different categories, and different mechanisms of action. My best advice, relax and let the meds work. :-) ...Read more

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