General Anesthesia

When you will have to partake under a surgery that will include a general anesthesia for the first time there are cases when the doctor will not fully explain all the benefits and risks that this type of procedure can have on the person. After reading this article you will fully have grasped the concept and will go with your heart at ease in that operation room.

This type of procedure will be used from preventing you to feel any type of pain during your surgery, a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist will help you to fall asleep until the operation that you will have will be over.

During the operation the nurse anesthetist or the anesthesiologist will look after you, making sure that your lungs, hear and kidneys will function properly.

At first an IV will be placed into your hand or arm to deliver this type of medication and after that you will receive the medications that will make you fall asleep, from that point on leaving you in the dark sort of speak, not being aware of anything until the time that you will wake up, by the end of the operation. Your anesthesiologist may use a tube to put it into your air pipe or your trachea, this tube being connected to a respirator and allowing you to receive the adequate oxygen and anesthetic gases that will help you in the sleeping process.

You will be allowed to wake up after the operation will be done and by that time you will be able to breath on your own, the tube being taken out and you being taken to an intensive unit or a recovery room, nurses watching over you until you will fully wake up. During the operation, your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen concentration within the blood will be closely monitored by the anesthesiologist with the help of monitors, medical equipment specifically designed for this.

There could be some risks and complications along the way but due to the high development in medications and technology this almost never happens. At the same time you can prevent them from happening by letting your medical staff all your medical history background, any problems that you may have or have had with strokes, lung or kidney problems, heart or liver damage. Also you need to let your medic know about any previous blood transfusions, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, jaundice and any other psychiatric illness that you may have and any other previous experiences with the anesthesia and your reaction to it.

Very important is to let know your doctor if you have loose dental work or teeth, if you have snoring problems or if you are under any type of medication, even if it is a simple Advil or aspirin, because they could interact with the anesthesia medications or may cause some excessive bleeding during the operation.

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