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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
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
What does it mean if a patient can't start breathing again on their own after being under general anesthesia?
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
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
For a short procedure hysteroscopy/d&c if general anesthesia is use would a tube be put for breathing or a mask? Female/54yrs
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
Getting rhino and septoplasty done with local anesthesia & only minimal IV sedation. Can I get breathing tube to protect airway still?
Do not need one: Probably will not need an endotracheal tube for this operation. Talk to your surgeon if hou have specific concerns. ...Read more
Under general anesthesia for sinus surgery is breathing tube used to keep airway open or is the equipment and medical team literally breathing for you?
Yes: Usually there is a breathing tube.Get a more detailed answer ›
Will a surgery to remove sinus mucocele, turbinate reduction under general anesthesia require urine cathetor? Also, will breathing tube impact my tmj?
Father had septoplasty surgery today and requested for Xanax (alprazolam) for panic attacks of not breathing through nose. Is this safe after anesthesia.
How can I soothe my three year old son's cough after anesthesia? Docs say it's from the breathing tube they had to put down his throat.
Having burning pain behind lower front left rib cage when breathing? Just had wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia...on narcotics and abx now
Pulmonary embolism: There is possibility of having pulmonary embolus after procedure done under GA, especially if you have underlying coagulopathy, history of Blood clots of family history of blood clots or you are taking birth control pills. Other possibility is pleurisy. You should get immediate medical attention, as pulmonary embolus can be very serious ...Read more
M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?
I had surgery w general anesthesia 4 days ago. It hurt a lot when they pulled out the breathing tube. My throat is still sore and my voice is still very hoarse. Should I be concerned about this?
Do all general anesthesias require a breathing tube? Like arthoscopic shoulder surgery? Would it require one under GA
Yes!: It's there 4 a couple reasons, to have control of Ur airway @ all times, and B ready 2 control Ur breathing as U R usually paralyzed while under. Much safer @ a must as far as I'm concerned. ...Read more
Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.
No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which isn't helpful when you're facing major surgery. If you need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to surgery, it still should be ok to take your medicines with a sip if water. However, stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) does not affect general anesthesia in any significant way. ...Read more
I can wake up during the night and it feels like I'm holding my breath but I don't know if I stop breathing or not. Is this worrying?
Probably do: It does sound like sleep apnea and everytime you realize that it is happening there are times when you are not able to realize because you could be in deeper sleep. This can be dangerous. See a physician and let them know so you can have a sleep test (either at home or in a sleep lab). ...Read more
When sleeping my breathing stops during the day (sometimes night). I am conscious that I am asleep but cannot get my body to respond or wake up.
Sleep Apnea: You should see a sleep doctor and have a sleep study done to determine the severity of your condition. Sleep apnea is a very common problem. They can recommend the right treatment which usually involves a CPAP. For those that don't like or won't wear a CPAP, there are oral appliances that work great that a qualified dentist can have made. Good luck. ...Read more
Having colontest next month with propofol had it before during surgery will I be ok with it since ive had before afraid ill stop breathing?
If you: Have an anesthesiologist monitoring you if you do stop breathing it will not be a problem. Versed is an alternative that is much less likely to stop breathing but not as pleasant overall ...Read more
The doc has decided to give me propofol during my colon test. How do they no how much to give what if I stop breathing?
Monitoring: Some form of IV sedation is usually given for endoscopic procedures. Propofol is used by some physicians. Assuming you are having the procedure in an endoscopy center or hospital, you will be monitored closely with heart tracing, pulse oximetry, and direct observation by the nurse and physician. They are trained to respond to emergencies and have appropriate resuscitation equipment available. ...Read more
During the day sometimes, it feels like I will stop breathing and like my heart may stop and I suddenly start breathing through my closed mouth.?
In your history: I see you have anxiety disorder. It can be part of an anxiety attack. Also could be an extra contraction from your heart like premature atrial or ventricular contraction. Those can be normal in your age and associated with excess coffee, energy drinks. Talk to your doctor for a possible ekg. ...Read more
I had sleep study done as a kid nothing was found today sleep apena was found I take seroquel (quetiapine) which makes me tired during the day I don't stop breathing snore I was tortured as a child?
Hi doctors, my breathing stops during my sleep, sore throat and enlarged tonsils plus sleep apnea. Help?
Rarely happens: Awakening during anesthesia, happens very rarely (less than 1 in a thousand times.) when it does, usually you just hear voices. Even more rarely pain is involved. If muscle relaxants are not used, you may move. Move of the time, if you start to get too "light", your heart rate and blood pressure start to rise and they just give you some more medicine to go back down. ...Read more
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