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Topical local anesthesia affecting the brain

If a medical provider uses local anesthesia on say the nose or ears (a location near the brain), could it extend to the brain and put part of the brain to "sleep"? Would the patient be able ...
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Are deaths resulting from medical procedures reported and searchable?

In New York State are specialists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, etc. reported to a state agency when a patient, undergoing surgery or medical procedure with them, dies during the procedure or from ...
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Why is it necessary to fast before a procedure involving anesthesia?

Before dental or surgical procedures involving anesthesia, there is a common instruction for patients to avoid eating or drinking for some time before their scheduled procedure. Is this because the ...
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What is the essential difference between a general numbing agent or a general anesthetic to a general analgesic?

I would say from my limited prior research that the difference between a general numbing agent or a general anesthetic to an analgesic (or "painkiller") is that the former prevents the firing of ...
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Why isn't iontophoresis more commonly used in dentistry?

I happened to find a bunch of articles that suggest iontophoresis could revolutionize dentistry through allowing needle-free delivery of local anaesthetic, or even an alternative to drill-and-fill. ...
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Is there an interaction between methamphetamine and dental anesthetic?

According to the sign shown in this post on Reddit, using methamphetamine and dental anesthetic together is lethal. If you use Methamphetamines (Crystal Meth, Crank, Speed, Glass, Tweak, Yaba)...
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How does sleep affect anesthesia? [closed]

Before surgery that requires anesthesia the patient is told stuff like don't eat. Some people cannot sleep well prior to surgery. Can having a full night or regular good sleep fair better for ...
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Is general anesthesia safe for critical patients? [closed]

Take the example of a trauma patient who has lost a lot of blood and slipping into unconsciousness. Is giving him general anesthesia during surgery risky? or is it has no real impact on the outcome? ...
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How common is it for local anesthesia to have no effect?

I had a couple fillings done today at the dentist. One on the top and one on the bottom. The top filling went fine with no issues. For the second filling, the first injection of local anesthesia didn'...
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Why is it called Conscious Sedation?

Is it common for patients undergoing a procedure where conscious sedation is used to have no memory of the procedure? According to https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007409.htm Conscious ...
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If a patient arrives at the ER unconscious and needs immediate surgery, will they be put under general anesthesia?

I can't seem to find an answer to this question anywhere, but I'm sure that there's some kind of procedure for this situation. Assuming attempts at resuscitation fail, what is the next step for a ...
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What is injected into the IV to wake a patient up from general anesthesia?

In my previous 16 surgeries in the United States, I eventually woke up from general anesthesia on my own -- it took a few hours after surgery for me to wake, but I woke up naturally in "Recovery." ...
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Common to panic/have trouble breathing when an oxygen mask is placed over nose and mouth prior to surgery with anesthesia?

I had my 17th surgery yesterday so it's fair to say I've been around the "hospital" block quite a few times and know what to expect on the patient side of things. Everything went as expected up ...
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Anesthesia without amnesia? [closed]

Usually, people "waking up" from anesthesia appear to be drunk/uninhibited and also have no memory of these events. I understand that this is usually because of drugs like Midazolam or Propofol which ...
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How common is Anaesthesia Awareness?

Anaesthesia awareness or intraoperative awareness is a situation in which the patient is partially awake during a surgery. How common are such incidences and what are potential problems associated?
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For how long drowsiness and intoxication last with Tramadol 50mg [closed]

My mother took Tramadol 50mg with two panadeines and had drowsiness and intoxication. How long can I expect that to last? Some web sites say 12-24 hours. Is that right?
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Can anesthesia cause addiction?

One time before having a small operation I was given N2O gas (hope so) and an injection of some sedative (I don't know which one). I went high on the first dose and was given the injection ...
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How can a woman give birth under epidural anesthesia?

My girlfriend is curious about the following. Can a woman, when anaesthetised, "push" while giving birth since she can't really feel anything? How is it possible?
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Any Drug working as " Anti Anaesthetic "?

i wanted to know is there any drug to defuse the effects of anaestethics and sedatives? And not being a prescribed drug , or meant for specific diseases? By the way I have Hashimoto, so it shouldn't ...
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Is it possible for a human to perform vaginal delivery without labor? Is there a name for such practice? [duplicate]

In obstetrics there is a notion of a delivery without labor via c-section under anasthesia. Is there a practice of vaginal delivery under anasthesia?
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What are the downsides of hypnosurgery (vs. using traditional anaesthetics)?

I can only find upsides of hypnosurgery on its Wikipedia page: fewer side effects patients can leave the hospital sooner reduction in blood loss post-operative nausea etc. What are the downsides ...
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How often is it safe to get general anaesthetic?

There's an eye surgeon in my running club and I told him I had general anaesthetic three times. He told me that's a lot. I've heard of people thinking general anaesthetic is bad, is there any ...
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What stages of REM sleep occur in medically induced sleep?

During surgical procedures or when subduing a patient, anesthesia is often used. Does this put a person into a deep healthful stage of rest like rem stage 5, or is something more like stage 2 or 3? Or ...
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Anaesthesia and sleep

Having had two surgeries under general anaesthesia recently, I have been wondering... Being under general anaesthesia is physiologically not the same as sleeping. Sleep is needed in humans for ...
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Reducing trauma from surgery prohibiting sedation

I've noticed something a bit worrying about the way certain surgeries are performed, and I was wondering if there is a better way: During surgery, medications are administered to induce ...
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