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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Anesthesia

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Anesthesia [posted 1/14/99]
Question: I had hand surgery to repair 4 lacerated extensor tendons. My surgeon and I agreed that I would have a beir block and stay awake with just a sedative during the surgery. I was not awake, and in fact cannot remember being in PACU or the room after recovery. I only remember getting my personal belongings from the hospital safe. I realize that I would not remember the surgery itself, but what about after? I have a copy of the anesthesiology report. I was given : Versed, Fentanyl and Propofol. I also had a spirometer, capnometry, and after surgery, impaired gas exchange. Are these doses right for staying awake during this type of surgery? I also had the lidocaine and tournaquet plus toradol.

Answer: Versed is used to prevent memories of short term procedures. Very effective without neurologic damage.

Is Post-op Fever Due to the Anesthesia
Question: Can general anesthetics sometimes be the cause of post op fever within the first 24 - 48 hours?

Answer: Well, we really don't understand the mechanism for post op fever, so I can't say for certain.

Question: From what plant is carare made?

Answer: It is derived from the Strychnos toxifera and from the root of pareira.

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