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Plastic Surgery and Anesthesia – Frequently Asked Questions

May 27, 2018 - voltus - Anesthesia - 4 views



Many surgical procedures are now considered routine and take place by the thousands in surgical facilities and outpatient settings. Over the years, specialized anesthetic techniques have been developed for your personal safety and comfort. This section contains commonly asked questions regarding these techniques.

Why is a ”light” general anesthetic recommended?

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During general anesthesia you are completely asleep. You have no awareness and no discomfort. General anesthesia also affords better control of operative conditions, thereby allowing your surgeon to devote full attention to your surgery. Light general anesthesia is safer than sedatives or twilight sleep for operations over one hour and allows a more rapid recovery generally free of nausea.

When will I talk to my anesthesiologist?

Your anesthesiologist will usually be in touch with you the night before surgery and will speak to you in person just before your operation.

Will I hear or feel anything?

You feel no discomfort whatsoever and are completely and peacefully asleep.

When will I wake up?

After surgery you will be covered with warm blankets to keep you comfortable. Shortly after completion of your surgery you will gently awaken in the recovery room with a nurse at your side.

Will I feel any nausea?

Specialized anesthesia techniques have almost completely eliminated postoperative nausea. If you start to feel queasy, special medication is administered to prevent becoming nauseated.

What is the training received by anesthesiologists?

After graduating from college with a strong background in the sciences of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, anesthesiologists obtain their M.D. degree after four years of medical school. After medical school, anesthesiologists study an additional four years, one year in internship and three years in an anesthesiology residency program. Anesthesiologists are highly trained in, internal medicine, pharmacology, cardiology, surgery and critical care. Most people assume that anesthesiologists are merely doctors who administer medications that keep patients asleep and free of pain during surgery. However, the anesthesiologist’s primary role is to make informed medical judgments that regulate and protect the patient throughout the surgery. Anesthesiologists immediately diagnose and treat any problem that might arise during or directly following surgery.

Such if I have an underlying medical problem, how it would be handled during surgery?

Patients undergoing cosmetic surgery frequently have underlying medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems. After reviewing your medical history prior to your surgery, the anesthesiologist is thoroughly prepared to deal with and treat your individual needs with safety during and immediately following surgery.

What about smoking?

It is important to decrease cigarette smoking as much as possible before and after surgery. Cigarettes affect your body as much or even more than medically prescribed drugs. Because of various effects on your lungs, heart, blood chemistry and wound healing, smoking may alter the performance of anesthetic drugs during surgery. Additional, smoking can permanently affect your surgical result. Smoking must be completely eliminated one or two days prior to your operation and two to four weeks after surgery. This is also true for the so-called “recreational drugs” (i.e., amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and excessive alcohol).

What are the risks of anesthesia?

Every operation and anesthetic carries some degree of risk. Fortunately, problems relating to anesthesia are extremely rare. Anesthesiologists take every precaution to prevent any adverse anesthetic condition from occurring. Today in fact, it is far safer to have a general anesthetic than it is to drive a car or even walk across the street.

The following paper summarizes a clinical study we performed in our surgical facility on over 23,000 consecutive plastic surgical cases, during an 18-year period, performed under general endotracheal anesthesia.

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Plastic Surgery and Anesthesia – Frequently Asked Questions

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