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General Anesthesia

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Post Operative Recovery And Complications

Most people do not experience any problems following surgery and anesthesia. Serious complications of an anesthetic are very rare.

Minor and temporary side effects may be experienced in some cases. This will again depend upon the surgery performed and the overall health status of the individual.

Drowsiness:

A feeling of drowsiness is not uncommon following anaesthetic administration. It soon wears off quickly following the surgery.

Pain and discomfort:

A mild discomfort is usually felt in some cases. This can be effectively managed by medications used for pain relief.

Nausea and Vomiting:

As a result of modern anaesthetic drugs, nausea and vomiting after an operation is less common than it used to be. But there is answer to all these less common complications with improved patient care.

Complications are more likely to occur after a long Anesthesia for a major case.

Chest Infection

This is more likely if there is a long procedure of chest or abdomen. Early mobilisation and chest physiotherapy can help in overcoming the problems.

In some units the chest physio exercises are practiced before a major surgery so that the patient is familiar with them.

Deep Vein Thrombosis:

This is another complication that can occur due to the stasis of blood in the lower limbs and the blood clotting in the veins. To prevent this early mobilisation is advised. Even when in the bed the patient should move their toes and limbs to improve the circulation.

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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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