Many patients considering surgery may well be first timers when it comes to undergoing anaesthesia. With that in mind it’s only natural to feel a little nervous before an operation. One of the most brought up questions is about the type of anaesthetic used and possible after effects. Our surgeons at CSA ensure that during your consultation, all aspects of your surgery are discussed from procedure to post-op care. The two main types of anaesthetic used are general anaesthetic (GA) and sedation anaesthetic. At CSA our more lengthy operations, from Breast Augmentation to Tummy Tucks, are performed under GA to help give you the best possible outcome.
Why is GA used
Whilst under GA, you are unconscious and unable to feel pain during your procedure. GA uses either intravenous drugs or inhaled gasses and sometimes can involve a combination of the two. Depending on what surgery you will undergo, your anaesthetist will recommend the best anaesthetic option suited to you and your individual needs. Procedures where GA would be recommended include those that:
- Take a long time
- Result in significant blood loss
- Expose you to a cold environment
- Affect your breathing (particularly chest or upper abdominal surgery)
- Cause significant pain
What are the risks?
GA is overall very safe; most people, even those with significant health conditions, are able to undergo general anesthesia itself without serious problems.
In fact, your risk of complications is more closely related to the type of procedure you’re undergoing and your general physical health, rather than to the type of anesthesia. Specific conditions that can increase your risk of complications during surgery include:
- High blood pressure
- Other medical conditions involving your heart, lungs or kidneys
- Medications, such as aspirin, that can increase bleeding
- History of heavy alcohol use
- Drug allergies
- History of adverse reactions to anesthesia
What you can expect
Before the procedure
Before you undergo GA, your anaesthetist will talk with you and may ask questions about:
- Your health history
- Your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements
- Your past experiences with anaesthesia
This will help them choose an anaesthetic safest for you.
During the procedure
Your anaesthetist usually administers your anaesthetic through an intravenous line in your arm. You will also be given a mask to help you breathe while you’re falling asleep. Once asleep, you will have a tube put into your mouth to deliver oxygen to your lungs. This tube ensures that you get enough oxygen and helps keep your airway clear.
Patients are continually monitored while unconscious to ensure no complications are occurring. During this period your anaesthetic doctor will be continually adjusting your medications, breathing, temperature, fluids and blood pressure as need be. All our anaesthetists are fully trained doctors with over ten years of experience. At CSA we ensure all our anaesthetists are ANZCA* accredited.
After the procedure
When the surgery is complete, you’ll probably feel groggy and a little confused when you first wake. You may also experience common side effects such as:
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat
Just remember that when you do wake up, you will have a team of doctors and nurses looking after you, making sure that all your symptoms are well looked after.
If you do have any concerns prior to surgery, make sure that you have a chat with your CSA doctor. Asking questions no matter how trivial they may seem will help you make a well informed decision and leave you feeling more ready to take those steps to being a better you.
Our professional team at Cosmetic Surgery Australia pride ourselves on the ability to tailor our procedures to suit your needs and desires. If you would like to discuss the effects of general anesthesia or any other surgery related issue then please contact one of our friendly team members today on 9099 4496 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*ANZCA refers to the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists