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What is a Nerve Block?: Your Guide to Regional Anesthesia

| February 27, 2013 | 197 Comments

Updated: July 29, 2016 If you are scheduled for surgery, you might be surprised when your surgeon or anesthesiologist recommends a nerve block. Here you’ll find out exactly what it is, how it’s done, what the benefits are, and what complications could arise. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore […]

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The Types of Anesthesia: Your Definitive 5 Minute Guide

| February 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

Curious about the different types of anesthesia?  What is the difference between local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and conscious sedation? How about nerve blocks, spinals, and epidural anesthesia? And exactly how much alcohol is in a bier block? What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. […]

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Strokes & Anesthesia: What You Need To Know

| February 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many folks have questions about strokes (or cerebrovascular accidents) as it relates to undergoing surgery and anesthesia. Perhaps they have suffered a stroke in the past and are now concerned about having anesthesia. Or maybe they are just concerned about the effects of anesthesia on the brain and naturally start thinking about strokes. In this […]

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My 5 Favorite Valentines Day Quotes

| February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Happy Valentines Day from Anesthesia Myths. No, Valentines Day has nothing to do with anesthesia. In fact, we hope the only “anesthetic” you experience today is the kind Edgar Allen Poe described in the following way: What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I […]

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The Day of Surgery

| February 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

The day of surgery can provoke a variety of emotions, from excitement to anxiety and sometimes fear.  Learn about the important events on the day of surgery so that you can be more informed. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome […]

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The Labor Epidural: Is it Dangerous For Me & My Baby?

| February 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

Many women have had a labor epidural.  And many women have strong opinions, for and against labor epidurals.  Want to learn more?  What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the […]

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Anesthesia for Lap Band Surgery

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you having bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery, lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass surgery? What kind of anesthesia will you have? What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never […]

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Epidural Side Effects for the Laboring Patient

| January 31, 2013 | 64 Comments

Updated: July 29, 2016 Getting an epidural but curious about potential epidural side effects? Your answers are here. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. […]

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Scared of Anesthesia

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you scared of anesthesia? Is this fear making you dread having surgery? What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. Procedure was not performed. my […]

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Obesity & Anesthesia: How Is It Different?

| January 24, 2013 | 9 Comments

Obesity is at the forefront of many health discussions in the United States. According to 2012 US statistics from the American Heart Association, over 149 million men and women age 20 and older are considered overweight or obese. This means they have a BMI (body mass index) of 25 and higher. About 75 million are […]

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Breathing Tube: Intubated with an Endotracheal Tube

| January 19, 2013 | 405 Comments

Updated: Jan 15, 2017 Will I be intubated with an endotracheal tube during surgery? This is the place to quickly learn all about the mysterious breathing tube. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back […]

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Naked During Surgery?

| January 13, 2013 | 21 Comments

This is not an uncommon fear. I don’t want to have the whole world see me naked during surgery either. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted […]

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Ear Tubes and Anesthesia

| January 2, 2013 | 10 Comments

Is your child going to have ear tubes soon?  Read about what type of anesthesia to expect here. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. […]

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The Meat Locker: Why the Operating Room is Cold & What We Do About It

| December 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

Have you ever entered an operating room and wondered why it is so cold in there?   What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. Procedure […]

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Visit the Anesthesia Forum

| December 26, 2012 | 10 Comments

Our anesthesia forum is now up and running!  Take a look and let us know what you think.  Anyone can visit and anyone is free to post.   What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back […]

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“By The Way, Doc, I’m a Difficult Intubation.”

| November 28, 2012 | 23 Comments

I’d like to to tell you about a recent experience I had taking care of a patient. I won’t get into specifics about the patient, the surgery, or where this took place as I do not want to violate any privacy laws. But I do want to draw attention to a little known (in the […]

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Confused after Surgery: Post-Operative Cognitive Decline

| November 16, 2012 | 17 Comments

Have you had trouble recovering mentally from surgery and anesthesia?  Do you feel confused?  Learn more from this answer to one guest’s comment. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got […]

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Chest Pain and Anesthesia

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Worried about having chest pain and undergoing anesthesia?  Read one of the site’s best question and answer series below. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at […]

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Degenerative Disc Disease: What Is It & What Are My Options?

| October 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of back pain and/or neck pain. The location of the pain depends on the location of the problematic discs. Usually, the ones that cause pain are the lumbar discs (lower back) and the cervical ones (neck pain). What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting […]

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Nervous About Pain After Surgery?

| October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pain after surgery is something that most patients are anxious about. I am having my hip replaced!? That’s bound to hurt! What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube […]

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