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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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My friend, who has spina bifida, is experiencing a loss of sensation in the lower limbs after undergoing general anesthesia for bladder augmentation surgery. What assessments should be performed?

Query: Hello doctor,My friend, who has spina bifida, underwent bladder augmentation surgery. After the surgery, he complained of a loss of sensation in the lower limbs (below the hips) immediately upon emerging from general anesthesia. Additionally, he underwent a lumbar puncture for administering epidural...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to duration of sensory loss in the lower limbs after spinal or epidural anesthesia depends on the type of anesthetic agent used and its dosage. If initial epidural anesthesia or analgesia was administered and subsequently general anesthesia was required, residual numbne...  Read Full »

How to deal with a fear of pain even after anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have to undergo a surgery for ACL tear. However, I am worried that I might wake up mid-surgery and experience pain. Because, previously I had a wisdom tooth extraction and the local anesthesia was ineffective and the tooth was extracted while I was in pain. I am anxious about my s...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. Regarding your query, ACL tear surgery is performed under the sub-arachnoid block, commonly known as spinal anesthesia in which the drug will be injected through a very fine needle into your spinal fluid at the level of lower lumbar vertebrae...  Read Full »

How to deal with a fear of anesthesia failure in a C-section?

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 cosmetic surgery safe under local anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a healthy female turning 60. I do have mitral valve regurgitation. I take no medicines other than bioidentical hormones. I exercise regularly, am not overweight, do not smoke, and drink at most two alcoholic beverages per month. I am considering doing cosmetic surgery (brow lift ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please be assured that if a general anesthetic is needed, a nurse anesthetist can administer it if required. It is needed only if local anesthesia fails. Please make sure you don’t listen to rumors and get confused. Nurse anesthetists and p...  Read Full »

Let me know what procedure is better for a nervous person.

Query: Hello doctor,I want to know what procedure is better for a nervous person? Twilight with nerve block or general anesthesia?  Read Full »

Dr. Padala Balarama Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fibula is lower leg bone for that usually they will give anesthesia called spinal anesthesia in which injection is given to your spine at your lower back, that is simple, and pain free surgery can be done and only your two legs will have anesthesia another full body ...  Read Full »

Can wisdom teeth be removed under general 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 »

Is it safe for me to have anesthesia before polyp removal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a polyp removed, and they will be administering Propofol. I am terrified of the anesthesia. I keep reading that it is a respiratory depressant. I am going to take Xanax beforehand. I want to know how safe it is.  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hi,Welcome to read your query and can understand your concern.It is called general anesthesia. Propofol is an intravenous, very short-acting anesthetic. The anesthetist will control your breathing. It is a routine procedure.You can take Xanax. It will calm and relax you.Where is the po...  Read Full »

How can I make my autistic son cooperate for a blood sample?

Query: Hi doctor, I need to collect blood samples of my son, who is autistic. He is not cooperating even after sedation. Need advice about some good and safe sleeping or anesthetic drugs to complete the blood collection.  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query. I understand your concerns. Midazolam nasal spray will be helpful for the child if you are in hospital, a doctor who is well versed with Midazolam can give intramuscular injection. 3 to 5 mg will be needed. You can also try Chlorpheniramine Malea...  Read Full »

I wanted to know how sedation and general anesthesia differ.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a revision rhinoplasty and it is going to be under sedation and local anestheia but I am very scared. I asked the doctor about it since I read that during sedation you are awake but he said under sedation, patients are asleep and they feel nothing. However I never tried it...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to During general, anesthesia patients put in a deep sleep like state. Even respiration of the patient also under control of the machine. The patient cannot remember about surgery during the procedure. It may associate with little complications. Local anesthesia is bloc...  Read Full »

How will my daughter cope with general anesthesia?\

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is getting a dental treatment done under general anesthesia since doing it in a dental chair would be too stressful for her. Crowns, extractions, fillings, and sealants are required to be done. We consulted a dentist, who informed us that her tooth was infected and that she ne...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If she takes medications prescribed by the dentist for a week or two, the illness should subside completely. Keep the cavities clean by avoiding food accumulation and ensuring she brushes thoroughly after each meal. Still, if possible, reque...  Read Full »

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