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General Anesthesia

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About General Anesthesia

The word "anesthesia" comes from a Greek word meaning absence or loss of sensation. Different types of anesthesia are used in procedures such as tooth extractions to complex procedures such as heart surgery. The anesthesia is used to block pain signals traveling through the nervous system. The type of anesthesia that is to be delivered will depend on:

The general health condition,

The type of surgery and other clinical consideration.

A careful consultation with the Anaesthetist and Surgeon can help determine the type of anesthesia that is required for the procedure.

General anesthesia is usually administered when there is a need for more extensive surgery. This form of anesthesia is nothing more than putting a patient to sleep until the surgery is over. While this is being done, the functioning of other vital organs such as the heart, kidney and lungs is monitored constantly.

General Anesthesia is usually administered through an intravenous route or through inhalation. From this point one will not be aware of anything else during the operation. Following this, a tube called as the endotracheal tube or the breathing tube is placed inside the windpipe. The tube is connected to a machine that delivers oxygen and removes carbondioxide from the lungs.
General Anesthesia

The set up ensure that the oxygen required for breathing and anaesthetic gases are delivered properly. A monitor can be used to determine whether the tube is properly positioned and whether adequate ventilation is provided throughout the surgery.

During the entire surgical procedure the heart rate, blood pressure and the oxygen level in blood are evaluated through monitors.

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after general anesthesia, I woke in recovery paralyzed and unable to breath, as I was unable to move I couldn't shout out, I remember everything going dark as I imagined I was dying, what happened?
2scared2c Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I WAS TOLD BY MY SURGEON THAT BECAUSE I AM 80 YEARS OLD,I CAN NOT WITHSTAND "GENERAL ANESTHESIA". HE STATED THAT I MAY NOT WAKE UP. I AM UNDERNOURISHED BECAUSE OF A CELIAC DISEASE. I MY ABSORPTION IN BAD, THUS THE REASONS OF BEING UNDERNOURISHED. PLEASE ADVISE, THANK YOU, CS
clayton2995 Friday, November 04, 2011
I have fibromyalgia and I had to have a unterine ablation, which they used a general anesthesia. Within 24hrs of surgery, I couldnt move my body. I was in severe pain. this lasted for about 2 days, then slowly went away. Now I have to have a hysterectomy and Im scared this will happen again. Was it an allergic reaction?
mommy2 Friday, September 23, 2011
IAM EIGHTY YEARS OLD SKINY MAN WITH AN ENLARGED INGUINAL HERNIA. WHAT KIND OF ANESTHESIA SHOULD BE DONE DURING SURGERY?.I AM TOLD THAT IT COULD BE FATAL IF I AM OPERATED UNDER GENERAL ANESTHESIA. ALSO I HAVE SCOLIOSIS OF THE SPINE AND SUFFER WITH CELIAC DISEASE. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH, CLAYTON
clayton80 Tuesday, August 23, 2011
My Mother underwent breast surgery in mid November 2010. At that time she was in very good health and taking no prescription drugs of any kind. She took only vitamins and aspirin 81. Keep in mind, she is 80 years old, exercised almost daily, ate very healthy and had the heart of a 50 year old. Initially after the surgery she was fatigued, which is to be expected. But over the weeks her health deteriorated and just recently she began showing signs of dementia. I understand dementia is a risk of anesthesia in the elderly, but isn't it unusual for it to occur as late as 3 months after the surgery? My question is this: Why would this condition develop so late and how long does it generally take for the anesthesia to eliminate from her system?
CindyG Saturday, February 19, 2011
my mom had surgery today and it took her 3 hours to wake up and then keept sleeping in and out all day; however, her attitude has been very mean and rude. She has been grumpy and its been 10 hours since her surgery. Is this a side effect?
atlgirl Friday, January 07, 2011
Why was I not awake from anesthesia for 5 days after my total hip replacement surgery? I have no knowledge of what happened from the Friday when I was put to sleep until the Wednesday thereafter? I apparently had blood transfusions on the Sunday, and I was unaware of it. My blood pressure and blood oxygen levels dropped and continues to be so after awakening and discharge also. I have never had any problems with my previous surgery.
Ellegre Tuesday, May 18, 2010
CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR ANESTHESIA TO COMPLETELY COME OUT OF THE BODY,SO THAT YOU CAN DRIVE CAREFULY.SOME PEOPLE SAY 2WEEKS,SOME SAY LESS,AND SOME SAY MORE.BE INTERESTING TO KNOW.

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joy110345 Thursday, May 06, 2010
Mom is 79 and in excellent health. She had thoracic aortic aneurysm. After the surgery she began to vomit causing spinal fluid and blood to spill out from the drain which reduce spinal fluid pressures during surgery. She still feels nauseous and has a severe headache. The drain has been out since day 2. It has been 4 days and she still has a headache and can not keep foods down. They want to transport her to a rehad but she seems so ill. What is going on? With her symptoms and what should we do?
diane1 Sunday, January 31, 2010
My son who has cerebral palsy went under major surgery last spring. 6 weeks later all of a sudden he ended up with a neurogenic bladder (urges to urinate every 30 minutes but couldn't), gastroparesis, and toxic hepatitis do to his Lortab. This lasted all summer. Went to many specialist and yet no one can give me the name of what happened to him. Finally, in August he seemed to go back to normal. I know there is a name for this some type of syndrome per my personal physician, but can't seem to find the name. I just want to know what happened to my son and for furture reference for his health I need to know. I am scared if he ever has surgery again he could die. Does anyone know what happened and what the name of the Syndrome is that happened to him? Keep in mind he has been through almost 10 doctors regarding this matter and no one can give me a name. I know there is a name out there. From a Mothers Love, Caryn

CARYNJ Monday, November 23, 2009
I will start off by say that I not a doctor, but a student surgical tech. I don't remember the exact name of the syndrome, but If he was under anesthesia for a long time it could be a complication to that. Anesthesia is known to be toxic to the liver and kidneys. As many patients have no problems with it, there are still a few who do. Hope this helps. Your first step is to get a transcript of the surgery and anesthesia report and go from there. Look up each medication, side effects, and adverse reactions. I happened across your post while looking for research for a lab next week. I am a mother myself and know how it is. It is important to find the answer in case he may need a future surgery and to know if this can be avoided in the future. The answers are out there, sometimes it takes quite awhile to find them. Good luck and I hope your son is well on the way to recover.
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