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Risks of anesthesia

Risks of anesthesia

Probably most of us feels frightened when an illness we have, requires surgical intervention. We all are reluctant to go under the knife as we all heard stories about complications.

Now we try to dispel your fears and doubts about surgery related anesthesia.

Before surgery

In order to heal and get back to your old life sooner your doctor opted for surgery to treat you. Most – if not all – of these interventions require some kind of anesthesia. To determine what kind of anesthesia you’ll receive depends on a lot of factors and it’s up to your anesthesiologist doctor to decide.

Beforehand you will need to undergo a thorough examination in order to rule out any condition that would make the surgery too risky. You will meet an internist doctor who would perform ECG and bloodwork on you. Then they determine whether your overall health is good enough to go through the surgery. If you’ll be given the clean bill of health the anesthesiologist can start working with you to figure out the best method for anesthesia.

If your doctor finds issues with your health that should be addressed before surgery they’ll refer you to a specialist to investigate the matter further.

Anesthesia

Based on the results of your previous examinations you’ll be given the appropriate anesthesia which either will be general or local.

Complications from anesthesia are largely depend on the doctor’s professionalism and experience. At Medicover Hospital Hungary we work with three experienced and skilled anesthesiologist who make sure you get the best treatment.

As the main function of anesthesia is numbing the pain you might feel during and after surgery, our doctors use various medicines to make sure you won’t feel pain.

Side effects and their management

When using anesthesia with caution the side effects and risks can be minimalized. However there can be unforeseen circumstances in every case so our hospital is well prepared to handle and treat them.

  • Anesthesia’s – especially the general one –most common side effect is sore and dry throat which we manage with special rehydration fluids.
  • After a few types of surgery you might feel nauseous or even vomit. To prevent this happening we give you anti-nausea medication before and during the operation, so you can avoid these side effects as well.
  • Shaking, shivering and feeling cold is also common to feel during or after the procedure. We avoid this by warming your body during surgery, giving you warm fluids through IV and warm bedding afterwards.
  • Patients often complain about headaches which are temporary so you don’t need to worry. However we always treat every pain -including headaches- with painkillers in order to avoid any inconvenience

Extreme rare complications

In extreme rare cases there can be complications with your breathing and heart functions. Our anesthesiologist doctors regularly attend to further training to manage these complications with 100% professionalism.

  • If your airways are hard to secure there are several methods to make sure your life won’t be in danger during surgery.
  • In case of malfunction there is always a backup anesthetic machine in the operation room, so there’s no chance that you would suffer the consequences of this problem either.
  • There are medicines and tools in the operating theater to reanimate a patient if necessary.
  • And finally, there are special, intensive care rooms in our hospital to treat and observe you after the procedure is complete.

Further suggestions

You can also do a lot to prevent side effects from surgery and to have a complication-free recovery.

We suggest you to:

  • Avoid smoking at least 2 days before your surgery. This way you can minimalize the risks for breathing related complications.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for 3-4 weeks prior surgery. When you drink alcoholic bevarages you put yourself elevated risk for headaches and confusion.
  • Always bring the medications you’re taking with you (the nutraceutical ones too)
  • If you’re feeling blue, have a headache or a sore throat before the date of your surgery, tell your doctor as this might have an impact on the outcome of the treatment.
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