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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Do I have to stop taking MAO inhibitor before my L3, and L4 spinal surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 79 years old. I am having spinal surgery on L4 and L3 next month. I have been on 90 mg of Nardil,an MAOI, for the last 32 years. Is there any general anesthesia that can be used so that I do not have to come off this medication, or do I have to be off it two weeks before surgery?  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The anesthetic drugs and their dose are carefully chosen after considering patients age, general health, condition of vital organs, previous history of diseases, concomitant medications, and duration of surgical procedure, etc. Hence, before any elective surgery, the...  Read Full »

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