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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 4 more doctor answers
See below: The goal of a labor epidural is to provide pain relief for childbirth without slowing labor or causing ill effects. To accomplish this, it has been found that a combination of medications given in the labor epidural work best. This allows the least amount of each medication to be given. Typically labor epidurals contain a dilute solution of local anesthetic (ropivicaine) and an opiate (fentanyl. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several options: Knee arthroscopy can sometimes be done under local anesthesia with sedation. Often, major operations such as knee or hip replacements are done under spinal or epidural anesthesia. Usually, the patient is given sedation in order to nap comfortably during the surgery. General anesthesia is always an option. The anesthesiologist will discuss all the choices before surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Primarily propofol: There are several IV meds but none have the "complete" profile for propofol as it has many characteristics needed for general anesthesia: amnesia, hypnosis and pain reliever. Despite its notoriety in the past by an androgynous pop star, its very safe in the proper hands of a professional who knows enough to monitor his/her patients diligently. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Intravenous drugs: Iv induced general anesthesia is the use of intravenously administered drugs to cause a unconscious state in which the patient does not respond to surgical stimuli. This assumes that neuromuscular blocking drugs (paralytic agents) are not used for the sole purpose of preventing movement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Musculoskeletal problems can give you neck pain (strain, joints, arthritis, pinched nerve) but many other things can "refer" pain to the neck (heart, reflux, lung, teeth, ears etc) -- this means the problem is somewhere else but the brain feels it in the neck. Best to see an md who can help you isolate the cause and arrive at a solution. In the mean time, stretch, heat, relaxation may help. ...Read more
It can be: Laughing gas (also known as sweet air and nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia) is a method that we as dentists find relaxes the patient, gets your mind off what we doing, dulls your senses and therefore allows you to feel less and also seems to make the time past more quickly. It can and is used for all forms of dentistry in both children and adults. Most patients love it, a few don't. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
General Anesthesia: A more appropriate way to approach this issue is to think about 1) the induction of general anesthesia and, 2) the maintenance of general anesthesia. Most general anesthetics are induced (started) with intravenous agents and then maintained with inhaled anesthetic gases. However, general anesthetics can be mask (gas) inductions and certainly general anesthetics can be maintained with IV agents. ...Read more
Screen breast cancer: Mammogram is an xray technique used to evaluate the breast tissue and ascertain that it's appearance is normal. It is useful to detect very early changes in the tissues that are consistent with cancer of the breast. This changes are not usually palpable by the patient or the doctor on routine exams. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was wondering what are the most common medications and/or compounds used in general anesthesia?
Multiple: You need something for amnesia (propofol, etomidate), analgesia (fentanyl, meperidine), muscle relaxation (not always required: rocuronium, vecuronium), nausea and vomiting prevention (ondansetron, dexamethazone), maintenance of anesthesia (desflurane, isoflurane). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the medicine used in IV Sedation same as General Anesthesia. Can you please explain the differences between these 2 procedures.
See below: Moderate Sedation/ Analgesia ("Conscious Sedation") A drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands. General Anesthesia A drug-induced loss of consciousness during which patients are not arousable, even by painful stimulation. ...Read more
What is in 5% lidocaine used for Transnasal endoscopy? Is it the same as what dentists use? Can people with heart issues have 5%lidocaine?
Similar: Lidocaine 5% that you are referring to is similar in class to Novacaine that most dentists use. It is used for local numbness and anesthesia. Heart patients, when used for local numbing procedures, can tolerate this medication without any problems. Always check with your Treating Dr. and let any/every Doctor know your full medical history before getting any meds. best wishes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In order to manage the pain after a sigmoid colectomy (open surgery), what are the differences in efficacy between Exparel and an epidural? Is one considered generally better?
Apples and oranges: sorry if names sound similar, it might be confusing.. Exparel is a brand name for the paricular formulation of a numbing medicine, or local anesthetic - liposomal bupivacaine. This or traditional bupivacaine could be administered via particular injection technique, that received the name from the anatomical location - epidural space. Your anesthesiologist or any specialist on HealthTap can help ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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