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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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Is anesthesia safe?

Is anesthesia safe?

Yes: For most people. The more serious, chronic health problems one has, the higher the risk. ...Read more

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What is anesthesia like?

What is anesthesia like?

Being asleep: A general anesthetic is similar to falling asleep. Once anesthesia is induced, the patient is no longer aware of what is happening in his/her environment. The body responds physiologically as it normally would. The anesthesia provider is there to monitor and control those reponses. Once the patient is awake again he/she will drowsy and tired for a while. ...Read more

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What is m.A.C. Anesthesia?

What is m.A.C. Anesthesia?

MAC anesthesia: Mac is an acronym for monitored anesthesia care. This implies that the patient is monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist, or board cert. Nurse anesthetist under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. There are varying degrees of sedation, from light, to mod. And deep. This will vary with the complexity of the case, and patient pref.Patient is fully monitored, ecg, bp, capnography, pulse ox. ...Read more

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In anesthesia, what is mac?

Monitored Care: During monitored anesthesia care (mac) patients are given medications which cause sedation and relaxation so that minor procedures can be performed. Mac differs from general anesthesia in that the patient continues to breathe on their own without the use of a breathing tube. ...Read more

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Can you die from anesthesia?

Highly Unusual!: Anesthesia risks depend largely on the age and overall health of an individual, the severity of his/her condition, the urgency and duration of the procedure, and the experience and expertise of the entire surgical team. That said, the risk of death from anesthesia is exceedingly remote...Have a look at this reference http://www.Anesthesiaweb.Org/risk.Php. ...Read more

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Why does anesthesia make me sick?

Pain stress genetics: There are lots of reasons why some people get nauseous after surgery and anesthesia. Pain and surgery cause stress; pain medication used to treat the pain of surgery cause nausea and vomiting in many patients. Women, time of menstrual cycle, history of motion sickness and type of surgery .Some types of anesthesia can cause more vomiting than other types ...Read more

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What types of anesthesia are there?

What types of anesthesia are there?

Excellent question: General anesthesia is being put out completely. Regional anesthesia involves anesthesia only to the area involved such as a leg or an arm. Therevare many wsys to administer this. Local anesthesia is numbing of the nerves in a specific location. Sometimes different combinations are used to get the best results. ...Read more

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What is an inhalattional anesthesia?

What is an inhalattional anesthesia?

If anesthesia gas is: used, whether it is vapor (started with ether, now - sevoflurane or isoflurane) or actual gas ("laughing gas" nitrous oxide or xenone) to induce and maintain state of unconsciousness and insensibility to pain by breathing it in and out, it is called inhalational anesthesia. In pure form it is primarily used for short procedures in kids, in adults usu. as a component of balanced general anesthesia ...Read more

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How has anesthesia impacted medicine?

How has anesthesia impacted medicine?

The ASA: has been compared to the airline industry in research and progress in safety by attorneys ...Read more

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