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Anesthesia FAQs

Is anesthesia safe?

With all the surgeries done throughout the United States, the incidence of death is 1/250,000 cases. In today’s healthcare environment, we are taking care of sicker patients yet the safety has increased. This is due to better anesthesia training, better anesthesia drugs, and better monitors.

What can I do to help ensure a good outcome and safe anesthetic?

Anesthesiologists are well trained and have an array of options for delivering a safe anesthetic; however, it is a partnership between the patient and the anesthesiologist to obtain a good outcome. The more information and data the patient provides the better armed the anesthesiologist is to care for the patient.

Will an anesthesiologist be with me during the whole surgery?

Most definitely- Yes! Your safety and well being is our primary concern and we are with you throughout your entire surgical procedure monitoring your vital signs, fluids, and anesthetic depth.

Will I wake up in the middle of the procedure?

While there have been cases of recall or awakening during surgery it is still an uncommon event. With new anesthesia drugs and new monitors the incidence is becoming lower.

If the primary anesthetic is local with sedation or “twilight sleep” then you may have some memory of awakening or there may be points in the procedure where the surgeon will want you to wake up to check a correction of the eyes or to cough on a hernia repair.

Will I be nauseous?

Nausea and vomiting occur commonly with several types of surgery involving the inner ear, intra-abdominal surgery, and breast surgery.

Some patients are more prone to nausea if they are female, have a prior history of nausea with anesthetics, are prone to motion sickness, non-smokers, and have a history of dizzy spells or vertigo.

Although no one drug can give 100% guarantee of prevention of nausea and vomiting, with a combination of drugs to decrease stomach acidity, stomach volume, adequate pain control and anti-inflammatory drugs very good results can be attained.

Will I be paralyzed but awake?

Once again this is an uncommon event. With shorter acting muscle relaxants, muscle relaxation monitors, and new anesthesia drugs this is a very unlikely occurrence.

When I awake will I be shivering?

With the cold operating rooms and the exposure of bare skin to the antiseptic prep solution used in surgery, along with the loss of body heat under anesthesia due to decreased metabolism and dilation of blood vessels it is common to develop a 1 to 2 degree drop in body temperature leading to shivering.

Ways that we try to prevent this from occurring include warming your intravenous fluids, warming up the anesthesia gases, and using a special warming blanket during surgery.

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