Things You Need to Know about General Anesthesia

What goes through your mind when the doctor tells you that you need to undergo surgery under general anesthesia? Possible tacute, worried, or negative thoughts arise? now, in order not to panic, you need to first understand the things related to general anesthesia.

When undergoing a medical procedure that uses general anesthesia, you actually won't be aware, feel no pain, and don't remember anything. Before determining the type of anesthetic to be used, the doctor will also usually do a thorough examination first.

Examination Before General Anesthesia

General anesthesia or often known as general anesthesia is one type of anesthetic method used to ensure the patient is unconscious, does not remember, does not feel pain, and does not move during surgery.

Prior to surgery under general anesthesia, the doctor will perform a history (question and answer) and examination to ensure that the procedure is safe to do. Some of the things the doctor will ask are:

  • General health conditions, including a history of allergies and current or past illnesses.
  • Medicines being consumed, whether prescribed by a doctor, over-the-counter drugs, or herbal supplements.

If you have a medical condition, your doctor may give you additional medication or treatment to stabilize your condition first. And if you are taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, your doctor may ask you to stop taking them for a while.

A medical history and preoperative examination under general anesthesia will reduce the risk of complications and side effects due to anesthesia.

Things Your Body Experiences During Under General Anesthesia

General anesthesia can be administered through an infusion, injection, or gas inhaled through a mask. The doctor will also give you other medicines to make sure your condition is stable, both before, during, and after the procedure.

At first, you may feel a little dizzy and weak, before eventually losing consciousness at all. During the procedure under general anesthesia, your breathing, heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, and fluid requirements will be closely monitored by your doctor.

After the medical procedure is complete, the doctor will give you medicine that will make you regain consciousness. Usually, you will be moved to the recovery room. When the effects of the general anesthetic wear off, you may initially feel a little confused or confused.

Conditions to Pay Attention to After General Anesthesia

After awakening from general anesthesia, in addition to feeling confused and surprised, you may also feel the following side effects:

  • Nausea, vomiting and not feeling well.
  • Confusion or memory loss, especially in elderly (elderly) patients.
  • Shivering and shaking.
  • Urinary disorders, such as difficulty urinating.
  • Sore throat or sores in the mouth and teeth area, due to the installation of a breathing apparatus.

These complaints usually last for 1-2 days, depending on the type of surgery and your health condition after surgery.

Any procedure, including general anesthesia, can cause complications. Some of the complications that can occur due to general anesthesia are:

  • Remain conscious during surgery.
  • The appearance of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic.
  • Death, though very rare.

now, now it is clear, right? General anesthesia will be performed by the doctor after going through various considerations, examinations, and careful preparation. So you don't have to be afraid. If you are still in doubt, consult a doctor and ask for as clear information as possible about the procedure you are going to undergo.