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What Gas Is Typically Used In Anesthesia
Multiple: The current gases we use are called sevoflurane, Desflurane and isoflurane. The anesthesiologist will choose which one based on many factors. Each one has its own special vaporizer, though old-timers will talk about copper kettles, drop ether, and older explosive gases. Other gases used are nitrous oxide, oxygen and air, with oxygen most flammable by far. We have safety features to protect you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Either or both: General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli. It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as propofol, sodium pentothal, and ketamine. Anesthesia gases (desflurane, sevoflurane) will also produce general anesthesia. Often you will receive a combination of both during surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually, yes: "laughing gas" is the slang term used sometimes for a gas called nitrous oxide. It is a weak anesthetic gas that is not usually enough to produce general anesthesia by itself. For surgery, it is used in combination with other gases such as sevoflurane or desflurane. In the dentist's office, it is sometimes given to supplement the local anesthesia that the dentist will use to numb the tooth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am interested in knowing whether I can have a tonsillectomy without general anesthesia. I am terrified of GA and wont have the surgery otherwise.
Depends...: ...on the doctor -- I think most prefer at least conscious sedation. I'm old enough to have had my tonsils out under local only, and neither the surgeon nor I have fond memories of the process. ...Read more
My 10 month old had tubes put in his ears on Monday. He was given gas. Could crankiness be linked to anesthesia since tubes shouldn't cause pain?
Yes: His crankiness could indeed be left over effects of his anesthetic causing him to feel "off". Be loving, cuddle a lot, play peek-a-boo with him a hundred times and wait a few days. If he's not back to himself by the end of the week, then it's time to investigate next week. If he starts running fever or other symptoms, have him peeked at sooner. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
1960's, as a child i recall at the dentist a horrible smelling sleeping gas (ether?), unpleasant way to be put out. Does current anesthesia feel better
From what i know about gen. Anesthesia, you get a shot, they put a mask over you and you wake up. But is there any weird activity when you wake up like laughing gas?
Generally not.: Most patients wake up uneventfully from a general anesthetic, assuming they have adequate pain control. There is something called emergence delirium, it is a phenomena which is fairly common in children and uncommon in adult patients. Patients with ptsd can wake up quite disoriented as well. If you have a history of ptsd, you should mention it to your anesthesiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had surgery on my neck 8 months back under general anesthesia. Now I am getting headaches every day. Is it a side effect of ga?
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