General Anesthesia Guide

Tell Me More About General Anesthesia

When you have an upcoming surgery with Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery, it is good to know a little about what to expect regarding general anesthesia. Many people believe being under anesthesia is like being asleep, but it is more than that. Here are some things you should know about general anesthesia.

What Happens Before My Procedure?

Before undergoing general anesthesia, your anesthesiologist will want to get information to help in deciding the best and safest medications for you. Your health history, any history of previous anesthesia experiences, allergies, and any medicines you take (including prescription and over-the-counter), is all vital information when choosing the best anesthesia.

What Should I Do To Prepare Myself?

Before any surgery using general anesthesia, it is usuall-y necessary to fast for six hours or more. You will need to discuss medication needs during the fasting period with Dr. Kovanda. You may be able to take necessary medicines with a tiny sip of water.

What Happens During My Procedure?

Your anesthesiologist will deliver your medication through either an intravenous line in your arm or through a gas that you breathe through a mask. You may have a tube inserted down your windpipe to help protect your lungs from stomach fluids or blood and ensure you receive enough oxygen. Muscle relaxers can aid in relaxing the muscles in your windpipe during the insertion of the tube.

What Is It Like to Be Under Anesthesia?

You may feel like you were only sleeping when you wake up after your surgery, but your brain does not respond to pain signals under general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist will make sure you are completely unconscious, not simply asleep, using a combination of inhaled gasses and intravenous drugs.

What Should I Expect After My Procedure?

After your surgery is over, your anesthesiologist will wake you up by reversing the medicine. Usually, you will slowly wake up in a recovery room feeling possibly confused and perhaps woozy. There are a few common side effects to be expected afterward. These side effects can include a sore throat, dry mouth, nausea, and vomiting. You may also experience shivering, itching, mild hoarseness, and sleepiness.

What Is An Anesthesiologist?

An anesthesiologist is a doctor who specializes in anesthesia and monitors your body’s vital functions while you are under general anesthesia. Sometimes, you may have a certified registered nurse anesthetist working with your anesthesiologist during your surgery. There will be someone in the anesthesia team monitoring you continuously while you sleep during your procedure with Dr. Kovanda.

Are There Risks I Should Know About?

General anesthesia is very safe for most. Complications are usually related to your overall physical health and the type of procedure you are undergoing, but even people who have less than stellar health seldom have problems.

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