General anesthesia is administered to patients before invasive surgical procedures to relieve discomfort and to temporarily relax their muscles while the surgeon operates. While many patients have no problem being treated with anesthesia, others are more fearful of it than they are of the actual surgery. At his state-of-the-art practice, Dr. Trenton Jones strives to ensure that each of his patients is comfortable with every aspect of their procedure.
If you’re feeling unsure about undergoing plastic surgery because of general anesthesia, we’ve provided the answers to some common questions below to help you learn about and become more comfortable with it.
Anesthesia is delivered via inhalation or an intravenous solution, and it puts patients in a state of complete unconsciousness. Once the procedure is complete, patients wake up with no recollection of undergoing surgery.
The process of general anesthesia can be broken down into four stages:
Many factors influence the risk of awareness or other complications occurring with general anesthesia, including body mass, age, diabetes, medications, and the type of surgery.
Since the anesthesia used during surgical procedures dehydrates the body, patients will have IV fluids administered immediately after surgery. Plenty of rest is also imperative over the next 24 to 48 hours because patients may also feel nauseated and disoriented.
It is extremely unlikely that a patient will wake up during surgery. In fact, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, anesthetic awareness occurs in less than 2 out of every 1,000 cases.
If you’re considering plastic surgery or have more questions about general anesthesia, please call our Utah office at (801) 418-8172 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Trenton Jones is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and he and his experienced staff look forward to seeing you soon!
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