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.
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.

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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...

What is it like to go under general anesthesia?

Relaxing/Soothing. Typically in the pre-op area you will have an IV placed & then on your way to the or you will be given a small dose of a benzodiazepine, which will make you very relaxed & somewhat amnestic. You will be placed supine on an or table & have more medication given through the iv, which will take just moments for you to fall asleep & then you will receive inhalation anesthetic & be intubated. Read more...
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...

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...

What does it feel like to be put under general anesthesia?

Nothing. Usually there will be an anesthesia [person (md or crna) talking to you and relaxing you. You will be told to think of something pleasant and the medication is given. Most patients are asleep within 3-4 seconds and remember nothing. Read more...
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...
NOTHING. You do not dream during general anesthesia. Your brain wave are alsmot absent. You may dream on wake up. Anesthesia means a" a strange sleep" because u have no sense that time has gone by. It feels like nothing happened no time passed - nothing. Read more...
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...

What is it like to be put to sleep under general anesthesia?

Not bad at all. As an observer and from experience i can say that it is very much like falling asleep at home. The key is to not fight it and just let the professionals do their job. Some people dream. Some don't. The people who do the best are the ones who feel comfortable with their care team. Read more...
Not unpleasant. In expert hands the experience can be pleasant. You should get to know your anesthesia doctor. Read more...
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...