What is a general anaesthetic like?

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Tomorrow I have a day operation which generally takes about an hour. However what I'm most worried about is the general anaesthetic.

What is it like? Is it possible to dream during one? Can you hear? Can you think? I'm nervous that my thoughts before will be those of complete panic.

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    Hello.

    General anaesthetic is when you are completely asleep. They will do that by your iv or gas. I had general when I was about 10 nothing to be worried about. Just recently I had a exploratory and reconstruction surgery on my hand. They have me local a nerve block but that didn't work and asked before they started so they gave me some medication thru iv that made me go under. I was nervous but they kept telling me everything will be OK and it was. Woke up and they asked how I was and I told them it went great and they said all was well. You will do great.

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    Did you have general anesthesia? What was it like? I've been told to have a Cystoscope test to look into the bladder but I'm terrified. I think they offer partial sedation have you heard of it

    Michelle

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    I had general anesthetic.I was asleep in an instant The next this thing  I knew I was awake.I knew were I was and what I was there for.
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    When I woke up I turned my head and saw the wall clock.I knew the surgery must be finished. If I ever need GA again I hope its like the last time.
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    I have had many GA procedures.  You don't remember a thing.  You go into theatre and the anaesthetist looking after you will tell you that they are just going to inject your anaesthetic.  As they start to do it they will  be talking to you and your head feels a bit woozy and then before you know it less than a few seconds later you will be fully asleep.  I have never remembered anything that I have dreamed about and have always just remembered the nurses waking me up and checking that I was ok. 

    You will be in good hands don't worry smile

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    Hi 

    I am having a complex hip replacement in the next month and this might be under general anathestic  and also combined with a epidural.

    Does the anathesist stay with you through the whole operation, I am a little scared that I won't wake up, 

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      Yes the Anaesthetist will monitor you all the way through the procedure and never leave your side.  I am sure you will be absolutely fine.  It is very rare things go wrong.
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