WHAT IS ANESTHESIA by jennyyingdi


									                                                  WHAT IS ANESTHESIA?
                                                  Anesthesia is the state of freedom from sensation
                                                  and is created by special medicines. Anesthesia
                                                  is called general anesthesia when it involves the
                                                  whole body and your are completely asleep.
                                                  When only part of the body is made numb, it is
                                                  called a nerve block or regional anesthesia.

                                                  HOW LONG DOES ANESTHESIA
GETTING READY FOR                                 LAST?
ANESTHESIA AND SURGERY                            Anesthesia is controlled to last as long as your
You can help your anesthesiologist make your      operation. This can be just a few minutes or several
anesthetic safe and smooth. Your stomach          hours.
must be empty, so do not eat or drink after
midnight before your operation, unless            WHO GIVES ME THE ANESTHESIA?
other arrangements are made with your             Anesthesia is given by a doctor who is a specialist
surgeon.                                          in anesthesia. He is called an anesthesiologist. The
                                                  anesthesiologist is a private doctor just like your
If you are taking ANY medications, please         surgeon, and acts as your consultant. He will meet
check with your surgeon to inquire as to if       with you before you go to the operating room to
and/or when you should take these medi-           answer your questions and plan your anesthetic.
cations.                                          This physician will be with you at all times during
                                                  your operation, adjusting the amount of anesthesia
                                                  you receive and watching over your well-being.
Depending on your surgery and other medical       WHICH ANESTHETICS ARE USED?
conditions, you will awaken in the Cardiac Care   A great many anesthetic drugs are now available.
Unit shortly after your operation is over. You    Each has special properties that make it best for may
may not remember this period because the          particular operations and patients. The best
drugs you receive can cause a lapse of memory     anesthetic for you is chosen by your anesthesi-
for several hours.                                ologist after careful study of your operation.

                                                                     WHAT ELSE DOES AN
WILL I BE NAUSEATED                                                  ANESTHESIOLOGIST
AFTER SURGERY?                                                       DO?
Today most people are not nauseated                                  The anesthesiologist, besides
after surgery. However, anesthesia or                                giving you anesthesia, takes
surgery can make some people nauseated.                              steps to maintain you safely
Such nausea should not last long, and you                            through surgery. He watches
can be given medicine to help control it.                            over your breathing, blood
Remember that other drugs which you                                  pressure, and pulse. He may
may need, such as pain medicine, can                                 control your breathing or give
make you nauseated, and this is not                                  you medicine to regulate your
related to anesthesia.                                               pulse, blood pressure, and
                                                                     heart action. He may give you
RISKS OF ANESTHESIA                                                  a transfusion. He oversees your
Today, anesthesia is very safe—probably                              recovery from anesthesia and
safer than riding in an automobile. But,                             helps relieve any discomfort you
there are some risks. Your anesthesiologist                          may have.
can discuss these with you when you meet,
and he learns about any medical conditions
you may have.
Because your anesthesiologist is a private doctor,
he/she will send you or your health plan a bill for
your anesthesia sometime after your operation. The
fee will depend on how complicated your surgery
was. The contact information for the Anesthesia
group is:

       Health Billing Systems
       14700 28th Avenue “n” Ste 212
       Plymouth, MN 55447

                                                      Any additional questions concerning anesthesia
                                                      may be addressed to their local office at:

                                                                 NM Anesthesia Specialists
                                                                 1631 Hospital Drive, Suite 110
                                                                 Santa Fe, NM 87505

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