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Why is Preoperative Assessment Necessary?
Effect of medications used to provide anesthesia is affected from many factors. Age, body weight, alcohol use or smoking, drugs used regularly, kidney or liver diseases are some of these factors. Anesthesia and surgery affect many systems of our body, therefore, the anesthetist should know your possible diseases before to provide a safe and comfort anesthesia. Therefore, your anesthetist will visit you before the procedure. In some cases, the anesthetist may visit the patient within a couple of hours before the procedure.
What is General, regional or Local Anesthesia?
In general anesthesia, the patient is kept under a unconscious and painless condition. Doses of all anesthesic agents are adjusted to keep the patient unconscious and painless during the surgery and to awake the patient reliably and painlessly at the end of the surgery.
Regional anesthesia is applied by administration of local anesthetic agent into the space next to the nerves transmitting pain stimulus of the operation site via a needle. The local anesthetic agent applied blocks function of these nerves for a certain period and pain and/or movement disappears on such sites for a while.
In local anesthesia, the operation site is made senseless by a local anesthetic agent administrated onto the skin.
What Happens After I Become Unconscious in General Anesthesia?
Since you are brought onto the operating table, your blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm and oxygenation status are monitored via specific devices. Your anesthetist monitor your body status continuously and follows your vital signs. She/he intervenes for possible changes. Also, the anesthetist intervenes urgently for possible problems. She/he controls responses of the patient against the surgery.
Recovery period is also controlled by the anesthetist at the end of the surgery. This period is planned before and timing is done appropriately and in a controlled manner. Anesthetic agent is stopped and additional drugs are used to turn the effects back. Blood pressure, body temperature and other functions are turned back. Pain treatment is planned.
Where will I be After the Surgery?
Recovery room after anesthesia: It is in the OR. Recovery room is the place where the patient is recovered after the surgery under supervision of specialized nurses. Anesthetists also monitor their patients here and decide to send the patient to her/his bed.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU): ICU is the section where patients who had undergone a serious operation, has a serious disease or trauma patients are monitored. If you need any intensive care after the surgery, the physician who will monitor you is your anesthetist.
Will I have Pain After the Surgery?
Anesthetist is responsible to remove the pain which develops after the surgery or a serious trauma. The anesthetist provides a pain-free postoperative period by pain prevention techniques adjusted according to health condition and body weight of the patient.
Why Can’t I Eat or Drink before the Surgery?
Going the gastric content up to the lungs is a dangerous condition. The body protects itself from this under normal conditions; however, these protection reflexes disappear in an unconscious patients under anesthesia. Therefore, it is important to have the surgery with an empty stomach. An empty stomach is requested even for patients whom regional anesthesia is planned. Smoking is also dangerous from many drugs. It does not cause serious respiration problems during awakening. Therefore, it is important to inform the anesthetist about smoking status and it is preferred to quit smoking several days before the surgery.