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What does being under general anesthesia feel like?


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Jason’s Answer

It feels like nothing. You wont remember falling sleep, you wont remember surgery, you will wake up groggy for a bit with a bit of a scratchy throat which is from a tube that is used to keep you breathing during surgery. Sometimes folks wake with nausea hence the no eating or drinking order the day of

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Alison’s Answer

Hi Jessica,
I’ve had a number of surgeries, and I agree with Jason. Going under general anesthesia feels very much like nothing. You remember going into the operating room, getting situated (for example, the doctor confirming which knee we’re working on, or the nurse bringing a heated blanket since it’s quite cold in there), and then you wake up in the recovery room. There is no sensation of how much time has passed, and many people may feel groggy. A lot of patients may feel quite nervous, but there is no memory of anything in between.
Hope this helps!

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Kim’s Answer

I have had numerous operations. I found early on that when they hold the gas mask on my face to put me under I try to "fight it." So, I talk to the anesthesiologist and let him/her know this, and now they hold the mask near me without actually putting it on. It has made a world of difference! When they wake you up in recovery, you feel like there has been no time lapse - that is, you don't understand how they could be waking you up already when they "just now" put you under! Sometimes I wake up with a headache. But, other than that, that's it!

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Jason’s Answer

It feels like nothing. You wont remember falling sleep, you wont remember surgery, you will wake up groggy for a bit with a bit of a scratchy throat which is from a tube that is used to keep you breathing during surgery. Sometimes folks wake with nausea hence the no eating or drinking order the day of

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