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Old 07-22-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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Anesthesia problem

During pre-op for surgery, I was given some anesthesia. After it was adminsitered, my family later told me that I had stopped breathing. They needed to yell "keep breathing" otherwise I could have been in great medical trouble.

How common is that? What does this all mean to me? What should I warn my future anesthesiologist about if I have any additional surgeries?

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Old 07-23-2004, 03:50 AM   #2
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Re: Anesthesia problem

Sounds as if you had some type of Anaphylaxis shock to the anesthesia. Im very surprised that you werent personally notified of this before being discharged from the hospital, only to hear about it from family. Yes you should forewarn on any future operations.

But I would contact my surgeon, ask what anesthesia was used, and did they give you any drug to counteract the breathing episode besides saying You need to breathe? You should of be advised of the whole ordeal yourself (taking it your over 18 yrs of age).

Old 07-23-2004, 05:40 PM   #3
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Re: Anesthesia problem

What was the surgical procedure? Some procedures require the patient to be paralysed. The anaesthetist would have given you a muscle relaxant and this would have prevented you from being able to breath for yourself. Even if a muscle relaxant wasn't used, analgesia and induction agents can cause temporary apneoa, but that is nothing to worry about because it is a controlled area and airway management is part of the anaesthetic

Seeing a loved one anaesthetised can be very distressing for family members and what may be normal to the team can seem very worrying to them. I should take crabbyroads advice if I were you. Get in touch with the medical team who looked after you. Any untoward reactions would definately have been documented in your medical records for future reference

Anyway, I hope you have a speedy recovery


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Old 07-24-2004, 08:11 PM   #4
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Re: Anesthesia problem

Discuss this w/ your physician and the anesthesiologist who attended you in surgery. Get the facts. Ask each of them if you should warn before having surgery again.

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