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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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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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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 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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How dangerous is it to be put under general anesthesia?

How dangerous is it to be put under general anesthesia?

Risk varies: The risks of geeral anesthesia vary depending on your overall health. For the most part, modern general anesthesia is extremely safe. It is best to discuss your specific concerns with your anesthesiologist and/or anesthetist. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to be put under general anesthesia?

There are risks: There are risks associated with any type of anesthesia and the degree of those risks depend on your medical problems, the type of surgery, and the type of anesthesia. On average anesthesia is very safe and is a lot less dangerous than it was even just 10 years ago. Anesthesiology a a specialty is very focused on safety. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be put under general anesthesia if you are having vascular surgery?

Anesthesia: Yes, it's not the surgery that matters it is the overall health of patient getting procedure. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 3 year old to be put under general anesthesia for a dental procedure?

Yes and no: With a qualified doctor it is safe, however, there are some purists who do believe there are issues and you should avoid it if you can. ...Read more

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What is it like to be put to sleep under general anesthesia?

What is it like to be put to sleep under general anesthesia?

Peaceful: Honestly the worst part of anesthesia is getting an iv. This feels like a small pinch on the back of a hand, then all the medication to relax you and put you to sleep will go through the iv. The best technique for patients is to talk to their anesthesiologist before the operation. The best anesthetic comes from a team of the patient and the doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

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Can you tell me side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Many (small): Anesthesia complications such as airway complications (dental trauma, sore throat);, pulmonary complications (pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices), cardiovascular complications (heart attack), neurological complications (nerve injuries, etc;) , awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are side effects of being put under general anesthesia?

Varied: When we discuss possible side effects we may group them into "more likely", "less likely", and "rare" and personalize the information for the patient's health issues and procedure. Example list: nausea, vomiting, sore throat, tooth damage, inadequate post-op pain relief, allergies or other reaction to medication ranging from minor to severe, heart rhythm problems, urinary retention, etc. ...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