Archive for May, 2012

Awake!: 12 Things to Know About Anesthesia Awareness

| May 28, 2012 | 5 Comments

Experiencing awareness under anesthesia is a topic that frightens many patients when preparing to undergo general anesthesia. This serious, but rare, complication received even more attention with the release of the movie Awake (released in 2007). Unfortunately, this movie did a horrible job of portraying this sensitive but important topic (If you’d like me to […]

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Do You Listen to Music During Surgery?

| May 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

Of course! Most surgeons we work with are big music fans. If it doesn’t interfere with the patient’s safety and the surgeon wants to listen to music, we dial it in. Some surgeons like to hear classical music while they work, others have been known to listen to sermons, and others prefer to work without […]

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What is Anesthesia? Get the Facts

| May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Have you ever wondered, what is anesthesia?  Strictly speaking, it is the absence of sensation.  So when I was 16 and underwent an MRI for my knee, how much anesthesia did I receive? What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. […]

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Where Does An Epidural Go?: See This Quick 3D Video

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Check out this cool 3D video from Bupa health that shows you how and where an epidural catheter is placed. Pay special attention to the cool British accent. 🙂 See if you can spot any potential “problems” with their animation. I’ll talk about them after the jump. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, […]

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Ether, Alcohol, & Hypnosis: A Brief History of Anesthesia (Part 1)

| May 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

Anesthesia is a relatively new field, but surgery has been around for a very long time. As we look back to accounts of pre-anesthesia procedures, we get a sense of how traumatic this used to be. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I […]

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