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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2scared2c Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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?

clayton2995 Friday, November 4, 2011

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

mommy2 Friday, September 23, 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?

clayton80 Tuesday, August 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

CindyG Saturday, February 19, 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?

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