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Old 03-10-2017, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default Study debunks century-old concept of how anesthesia works

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Anesthesia induces unconsciousness by changing the function of proteins that reside on the surface of a thin membrane that forms a barrier around all cells, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine scientists. The findings challenge a century–old concept of how anesthetics work, and may help guide the development of new agents associated with fewer side effects.

... “We have debunked a century–old hypothesis and finally have proof that these anesthetics must have a direct effect on integral membrane proteins – and not an indirect effect on proteins through the lipid bilayer – to put patients in a coma–like state, allowing them to undergo painful procedures with no memory or pain,” said co–senior author Dr. Hugh Hemmings, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine.
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........to put patients in a coma–like state, allowing them to undergo painful procedures with no memory or pain,”
Thank the gods for that!

From things I've read, in those (hopefully) rare cases when anesthesia doesn't completely 'take', leaving them paralyzed but aware, the physical trauma is more than matched by the visual awareness, of their body being operated on.

Good thing that when it works right, it produces amnesia. Who wants the memory of what's involved with a surgical procedure? I was really glad hubby had no memory of his triple from the time they wheeled him out of the room until about three days afterward. That foggy haze of amnesia and copious pain meds, helped with the initial pain from having his chest cracked open.
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I saw them do surgery on my arm. Not a pleasant memory.
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