One aspect of surgery that is somewhat overlooked by the patient in the preparation phase is the anesthesia that will be administered. Your surgeon will discuss it in the pre-op appointment, but most people are so much more concerned with the actual surgery and post-op recovery time that is involved. However, it is a fact that up to 30% of patients experience nausea and vomiting due to anesthesia an occasionally more serious side effects, so it is something you need to consider what type of anesthesia will be used.

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Local anesthetics with sedation only numbs a small area of the body allowing you to stay awake during the procedure. It is used for surgeries such as a facelift, blepharoplasty, or liposuction. Some surgeries require a regional anesthesia which blocks a bigger section of the body, using a shot with sedation for procedures on extremities or the face.

The type that causes the most complications is general anesthesia because it affects your brain and the rest of your body. It can either be administered intravenously or by breathing it in, but it basically allows you to be completely unconscious and feel no pain during surgery.

If you aren’t sure what to expect with anesthesia, this next post provides tips for managing your next operation:

 

9 Ways to Prepare for Surgery – Healthy Living Center – Everyday Health

A study conducted at Duke University found that the lowest incidence of complications and errors related to anesthesia and pain management occurred with procedures conducted on weekdays at 9 a.m. That said, the complications that occurred at other times were relatively minor. Perhaps the most important aspect of timing is not putting it off — don’t wait too long to get needed surgery. Delaying surgery after you and your doctor have agreed that you’re ready for the procedure may allow your condition to worsen, which can increase your risk of surgical complications.  

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Have you ever wondered about the history of anesthesia and how it works? The history of its use will make you thankful that you live in a time period of technological advancements. Most of us are thankful that anesthesia temporarily paralyzes the body and induces amnesia so we don’t feel pain or even remember the event.

This video is a rundown of how anesthesia works and a little about the history:

Having surgery can be scary, so be sure and ask a lot of questions. You need to think through all of your options and discuss them with your surgeon. Always choose a highly reputable physician that specializes in your particular needs.

Be sure to follow the advice of your doctor before you have your procedure done. They will advise you to get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, and if you are a smoker to stop at least two weeks prior to the surgery.

This post offers a review for anticipating a procedure and how best to prepare:

Tips to Prep for Surgery and Ease Recovery in Pictures

How you’ll be numbed during the operation often depends on the type of surgery you’re getting. Ask your anesthesiologist about your choices.

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“Local” anesthesia numbs a small part of you, “regional” works on a larger area, and “general” affects your whole body.

You inhale some types of anesthesia, while others you get from a shot or through a vein (IV).

Coming to while under general anesthesia can happen, but it’s rare to become fully aware. Most people that this happens to do not feel any pain. Talk with your anesthesiologist before your surgery if you have any concerns, or if you think it’s happened to you before. rel=”nofollow”

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Being prepared for post surgical and anesthesia complications will help you think ahead and keep a positive attitude. Watch for signs of infection, with redness and pain around the wound with possible fever. You need to communicate with your doctor and family to let them know what is going on and be ready to take action.