It is estimated that more than 30% of people are more afraid of going under anesthesia than the operation itself. Is this fear reasonable? Our anesthesia and reanimation answers our questions about the facts and myths about anesthesia. If you should have more questions, our anesthesiologist will answe your questions ASAP. Answers will posted both on our facebook page and web site.
How safe is anesthesia?
With the developments in and technology and modern medicine, anesthesia has become indeed very safe. In fact, it is not unreasonable to say that the safest place is where you are with an anesthesiologist. Driving in city traffic is a lot more dangerous than getting anesthesia. The mortality rate related to anesthesia is only 1 in 200.000 to 300.000. The American Society of Anesthesiologists says a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than die from anesthesia-related complications.
What does an anesthesiologist during surgery?
An anesthesiologist is your best friend during surgery. He makes sure that the surgery performs the surgery in the most comfortable way possible and that you . His job is not just to put you to sleep or wake you up. During the surgery he follows your pulse, blood pressure, thelevel of oxygen, the level of liquid you should be taking serum. When the surgery is over, he makes sure that you have regained consciousness and that your vital fonctions are normal. He gives you the right medication to prevent any pain.
Is there a risk of waking up during surgery and feeling pain?
Some movies and urban legends promote the idea that you can wake up and feel pain during surgery. However, modern anesthesia is extremely safe and the risk of such an occurance is cloose to zero. Under very rare circumstances we have to give less anesthesia , but then again the patient does not wake up and definitely does not feel anything. In rare cases the patient might remember hearing some voices and have brief, vague recollections without pain.
Does consuming alcohol and smoking increase the risk of anesthesia?
We advise our patients to stop drinking alcohol and smoking at least 2 weeks prior to the surgery. The ideal and preferred timing is 2 months prior to surgery, however, if this is not possible, 2 weeks is the minimum we are willing to tolerate. Smoking has adverse effects on blood circulation decreasing the level of oxygen and increasing the risk of infection. Moreover, increased production of mucous in smokers might clog up the airways that are also more prone to narrowing during anaesthetic. Chronic alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and has adverse effects on liver, heart and cardio-vascular functions.