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Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

It depends: It is possible to breathe entirely on your own during general anesthesia, depending on the type of surgery you have. With some types of airway devices such as an lma, you don't have to be on a ventilator. However, major operations on the abdomen or chest, for example, usually require a breathing tube and the patient does not resume breathing on his own until the surgery is over. ...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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Breathing complications during anesthesia, what to do?

Breathing complications during anesthesia, what to do?

Your: Anesthesiologist should be able to handle any breathing problem you have during anesthesia and have the proper equipment if at a hospital. This may include supplemental oxygen, artificial airways, or even a chest tube if necessary. ...Read more

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I stopped breathing for 15 min during anesthesia. Would there be potential damage?

I stopped breathing for 15 min during anesthesia. Would there be potential damage?

Anesthesia care: Anesthesia is monitored very closely because it does shut off normal body functions. Being put to sleep under general does turn off breathing; a machine is used to breathe for the patient. Sedation (like used for colonoscopies, etc) can sometimes stop breathing in sensitive patients; equipment and staff are always right there to assist & ventilate. Once you woke up okay, further damage unlikely. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's common to have breathing complications from surgery under general anesthesia?

It can happen: Lung complications, such as deflation of little lung units, or pneumonia, can occur after general anesthesia. The best thing to prevent this would be to do deep breathing exercises. ...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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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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I have heard that anesthesia is "like poisoning someone near to the point of death and then reviving them, " and thatyou're "not breathing on your own." is it true?

I have heard that anesthesia is "like poisoning someone near to the point of death and then reviving them, " and thatyou're "not breathing on your own." is it true?

Not even close: Many patients under general anesthesia breathe on their own. Anesthesia is extremely safe (safer than driving ur car). If the patient is undergoing an open thoracic or open or laparoscopic abdominal procedure they will need some amount of muscle relaxation. Most other procedures I have patients breathe for themselves whether they are intubated or have an lma. ...Read more

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For a short procedure hysteroscopy/d&c if general anesthesia is use would a tube be put for breathing or a mask? Female/54yrs

For a short procedure hysteroscopy/d&c if general anesthesia is use would a tube be put for breathing or a mask? Female/54yrs

It depends: If there are other co-morbidities such as severe reflux or severe obesity, endotracheal intubation may be the safest. Speak to the anesthesiologist and they can explain more fully which method of securing the airway would be best for you. ...Read more

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Would getting surgery for my ganglion cyst be risky being that I have htn? I also have weird reactions to gen anesthesia (tachy, breathing craziness).

Would getting surgery for my ganglion cyst be risky being that I have htn? I also have weird reactions to gen anesthesia (tachy, breathing craziness).

Not particularly.: As already noted, this can often be done with local anesthesia. Nerve block or bier block (local anesthesia given intravenously) are also possible. General anesthesia is typically not needed, however if this is indicated, it can be given safely. Discuss your concerns with your anesthesiologist if it is not done with local anesthesia. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more