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Old 12-30-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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How dangerous is general anesthesia? I am supposed to have a procedure done and I mention to people that my doctors are doing general anesthesia I get a reaction as if it's a bad thing and I should make a will.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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You should make a Will. People survive anesthesia everyday, but it's still a risk that shouldn't be ignored. My own sister having a low risk, routine procedure.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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How dangerous is general anesthesia? I am supposed to have a procedure done and I mention to people that my doctors are doing general anesthesia I get a reaction as if it's a bad thing and I should make a will.
People die of anesthesia shock on a regular basis. It's a total crap shoot. The anesthesiologist has to take into your consideration your age, weight, metabolism, health, etc., and then figure how much anesthesia to give you to take you 1/4" of an inch from death. Michael Jackson would be the perfect example of a doctor that didn't figure very well.

I have had it once in my life and never will again. The risk is too great for me to take. I have read stories about people who have had all manner of procedures under local and regional anesthesia. Even major, major operations so perhaps you can find an anesthesiologist who is willing to think outside the box and consider some alternative. I mean, honey if a woman can have a BABY without general anesthesia - then by gosh, it can be done for ANYTHING else (except maybe a major organ transplant that takes 14 - 16 hours).

Everyone should have a will anyway. You could get hit by a car in the parking lot of the grocery store. A building could fall on you. Your heart could stop *poof* for no reason, whatsoever. LIfe is very uncertain. Get a will, definitely.

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Old 12-30-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado
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I am actually having 2 procedures, total approx 5 hours in surgery. One is elective. I am thinking thats why people are concerned.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:04 PM
 
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I just noticed that my last sentence was missing a word -- died.

My own sister died having a low risk, routine procedure. It was a simple surgery that people don't normally die from. Her cause of death was directly related to the anesthesia.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:19 PM
 
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when people die in surgery 80% of the time it is related to the anesthesia---in order to cut costs most hospitals use lesser trained certified (supposedly)nurse anesthetists--upping the risk of an anesthesia issue---insist on yours being ADMINISTERED NOT SUPERVISED BY AN MD
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I just noticed that my last sentence was missing a word -- died.

My own sister died having a low risk, routine procedure. It was a simple surgery that people don't normally die from. Her cause of death was directly related to the anesthesia.
I'm sorry. That must have been a terrible blow for you and your family. It certainly is not something to be taken lightly, that's for sure.

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Old 12-31-2009, 04:12 AM
 
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What are the actual risks associated with anesthesia? There has to be a percentage of people who have problems.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:46 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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I know that because I suffer severe reflux, they required that I be intubated during both of my recent surgeries while under GA. My biggest problem was the severe nausea afterward, yuck! One surgery was 5.5 hours and required a hospital stay and the second was 2.5 hours and outpatient. There is always a danger with anesthesia and I was quite scared as I have had allergic reactions to a number of medications. The anesthetists prior to my surgeries were very thorough in questioning me about my background, allergies, etc., and filling me in on the procedure which made me alot more confident. Just make sure to ask for something for the nausea ahead of time.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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What are the actual risks associated with anesthesia? There has to be a percentage of people who have problems.
The only death rates I can find is 1 in 250,000 or 3 to 5 in every million.
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