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What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

What is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Suspended: Animation! from a patient persepctive, you count down to go out; next thing you know, you are awake and the procedure is over. Speaking from the memory of quadruple bypass 12 years ago. Surgeons insist the absolute taste alteration was from the anesthetic, but it lasted 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is it like to be under general anesthesia?

Difficult question,: I have been under general anesthesia twice and don't remember anything, lots of patients report dreams during short anesthetics or not believing anything happened to them when they wake up. ...Read more

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What is it like to go under general anesthesia?

What is it like to go under 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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What is it like being put under general anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction?

What is it like being put under general anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction?

IV anesthesia or GA: Medications are administered through an intravenous line. During IV or GA The patient falls asleep and is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it feels like going under general anesthesia?

Good: In general, a premedication is given prior to going into the or so patients don't remember the induction of general anesthesia. If no premed is given, undergoing induction of general anesthesia is usually described as possibly a little burning or discomfort at the IV site then nothing until you wake up. Most people don't even remember this much. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it dangerous to be under general anesthesia?

No,: With today's monitors, equipment, medications and the training of anesthesiologists it is safe unless possibly you are extremely ill. Patients can be safer under anesthesia, stresses are relieved, breathing is supplemented, medications given and monitored carefully. Lawyers are taught that anesthesia is like the airline industry, it has done a very good job researching and promoting safety. ...Read more

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Do you have to be under general anesthesia in order to have laproscopic surgery for IUD removal?

Do you have to be under general anesthesia in order to have laproscopic surgery for IUD removal?

Yes: Laparoscopic surgery generally always requires general anesthesia due to the insufflation of the abdomen with co2 to create a space to see and work. Removal of an iud does not usually require laparoscopy though, unless it has somehow migrated intraperitoneal. Iud removal can often be done with a paracervical block, with or without sedation. ...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