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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?

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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Will a surgery to remove sinus mucocele, turbinate reduction under general anesthesia require urine cathetor? Also, will breathing tube impact my tmj?

Will a surgery to remove sinus mucocele, turbinate reduction under general anesthesia require urine cathetor? Also, will breathing tube impact my tmj?

No need: For a urine catheter for a short surgery. Your TMJ shouldn't be a problem as long as your anesthesiologist can safely manage your airway. A quick exam should give him the information he needs and allow him time to gather whatever tools he needs to keep you safe. ...Read more

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Father had septoplasty surgery today and requested for Xanax (alprazolam) for panic attacks of not breathing through nose. Is this safe after anesthesia.

Father had septoplasty surgery today and requested for Xanax (alprazolam) for panic attacks of not breathing through nose. Is this safe after anesthesia.

Once the: Anesthesia has worn off, it should be okay in appropriate doses. Keep in mind that it ca. Intersect with narcotic pain medication and cause serious respiratory depression. Use only as advised and with caution. ...Read more

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Having burning pain behind lower front left rib cage when breathing? Just had wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia...on narcotics and abx now

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

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M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

M31, after inguinal hernia surgery in gen. Anesthesia I felt difficulties in breathing n vomited several times. Do I have lung disease?

Not necessarily: Most likely due to temporary reaction of anesthetic medications which may take few hours to clear from your body. Speak to your doctor if you have ' lung disease ' will tell you. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Common: It is common to have sore throat and mild hoarseness after intubation for general anesthesia. Generally this resolves in a week or less. Review with your surgeon if the symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Do all general anesthesias require a breathing tube? Like arthoscopic shoulder surgery? Would it require one under GA

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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