General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a drug group used for reversible loss of consciousness of the patient for a painless experience for a certain period for surgical procedures by anesthesiologists. Breathable and injectable anesthesia are available. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, sore throat, dizziness, confusion, difficulty passing urine, etc. The first general anesthesia used was diethyl ether by Crawford Long.

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Will I be able to undergo wisdom tooth extraction under general anesthesia instead of local anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, A piece of my wisdom tooth broke this morning when I was eating chewing gum. I did not see any browning of the tooth. Will I be able to get it removed under general anesthesia instead of the local anesthesia because I have a huge phobia of the dentist and the dental procedures?  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is absolutely no need to worry. I would not suggest a general anesthesia for teeth-related problems. You can safely undergo tooth removal under local anesthesia without any pain. I suggest you see some good and experienced dentist as he will do the job easily a...  Read Full »

I smoke marijuana daily. Is it safe for me to have a surgery under general anesthesia?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having surgery soon (breast augmentation), which requires general anesthesia. My concern is that I smoke marijuana daily and have done for the past three years. I am 20 years old and have tried to quit, but it has not gone according to plan. I smoke quite a high amount each day. I had...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and will surely help you. Marijuana leads to the weakening of lung parenchyma and the linings of the airways. Anesthetic agents will be required in low doses compared to normal persons. There is no significant or direct interaction. Please do deep b...  Read Full »

I have been terrified by reading articles on failure of anesthesia during C-section. Can you please help me?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I ask you, what would you do if someone felt pain during a C-section? Would you not immediately put the person under general anesthesia? As a pregnant woman, I am mortified by an article that I read online. After reading the article, I want to terminate my pregnancy. I have read ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. 1. General anesthesia is not recommended for a cesarean section as it can cause uterine atone and neonatal respiratory depression. 2. The article says that she was given a top-up over the previously applied epidural anesthesia before cesa...  Read Full »

Is it dangerous to have anesthesia in combination with my sleep medicine?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41 year old female. I have a question about anesthesia. I need to get a surgery on my foot to cut down a bump on a bone. The doctor said it is only going to be a twenty-minute procedure and I will be able to leave the hospital the same day. I take the medication Clozaril for a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vansh Priya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Continue your medication as advised. Just skip it on the day of the surgery. In the most likelihood, the excision of your bone bump will be done under local anesthesia, and this medication will not affect anesthesia or vice versa. So, sit back and relax. Have a sa...  Read Full »

Is IV sedation the right type of anesthesia for wisdom tooth removal?

Query: Hello doctor, I was getting my wisdom teeth out and was told I would be under IV sedation, but I did not sign a consent to that, just anesthesia. So, I called and asked them about it. They said I would be asleep, but if they ask me to raise my hand, I will be able to do that. What on earth are they...  Read Full »

Dr. Akhil K P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The type of sedation your dentist has recommended for you is "conscious sedation," You will be at minimal consciousness and not completely asleep. You could respond to verbal and physical stimuli. This type of sedation helps you red...  Read Full »

A 64-year-old male had chemotherapy four weeks back. Can anesthesia be dangerous for him?

Query: Hello doctor, The patient is a 64-year-old male who had chemotherapy four weeks and three days ago. He also has diabetes. He has been advised to get the surgery immediately. We have been told that anesthesia could be dangerous for him. I will attach the prescribed medicines he has been taking for c...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. We have to evaluate the patient regarding his overall clinical status. If it is emergency surgery, we have to weigh the risks and benefits of the surgery. So, in this case, I need more information about the ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for my mother, who is suffering from recurrent unipolar depression?

Query: Hello doctor, My 48 year old mother is probably suffering from a recurrent unipolar depression as per the treatment that the local psychiatrist is giving. It seems that the medicines are not working this time. She is not able to get up from the bed and does not feel like doing anything, even her d...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As your mother is suffering from a treatment-resistant depression, she is not responding to multiple drugs. ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) is a good treatment modality with very few side effects if administrated properly. Also, there are unlikely any long term side e...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get an RCT for a 2.5-year-old kid's teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My 2.5 years old son has problem in four teeth (front, above) and doctors are suggesting for RCT (Root Canal Treatment). I have attached the pictures with this query (attachment removed to protect the identity). Here are my questions: Can RCT (Root Canal Treatment) be done for a 2.5...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Thanks for attaching the pictures. Now I can answer your query in detail: This clinical picture represents a case of 'Nursing Bottle Caries'. That means, kids who take milk feed while sleeping or have the habit of keeping feeder in mouth for long and then sleep without brushing develop this typ...  Read Full »

Even after having a spinal block for C-section, I was able to feel everything. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a spinal block during C-section. But, I was able to feel the surgeon performing the surgery, and it was so painful. So they gave me general anesthesia, and I was intubated. I did feel some numbness in my lower body when they administered the spinal block, but I was still able to f...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. Sometimes, it is possible that even after giving spinal anesthesia the effect of the anesthesia is partial, it means at some parts the effect is present and some parts it is not. There may be so many reasons contributing to it, for example, the...  Read Full »

I am afraid of doing uterine septum removal under general anesthesia. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38 year old female, who weighs 200 lbs and I am 5.4 feet tall. I have to get a uterine septum removed, and I am terrified of going under general anesthesia. I never had any surgeries in the past. My cholesterol levels are slightly raised, and I have Raynaud's disease. I get panic a...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query in detail. Please be free of tension. I understand your concerns, but there is no need to panic. Your anesthetist will do a pre-anesthesia workup before the scheduled surgery. ECG (electrocardiography) and echocardiogram are needed as you are ob...  Read Full »

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