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How to Prepare for General Anesthesia for Your Plastic Surgery

If you’re about to have plastic surgery you’ll need to prepare yourself for the general anesthesia. The anesthesia will ensure you are in a sleep-like state so you don’t feel any pain.

Dr. William M. Jacobsen
Jun 3, 2020

If you’re about to have plastic surgery you’ll need to prepare yourself for the general anesthesia. The anesthesia will ensure you are in a sleep-like state so you don’t feel any pain. However, general anesthesia involves more than just the patient being asleep. When they are anesthetized their brain will not respond to any reflexes or pain signals. This means that you’re very unlikely to wake up during the procedure.

Preparing for General Anesthesia

One of the first things you’ll need to do before you have phoenix plastic surgery is to refrain from eating. This is because the anesthesia will relax the muscles in your airway and your digestive tract. These are the parts of the body that keep acid and food away from your lungs.

You might need to start fasting approximately 6 hours before you have surgery. However, it’s likely that you can drink clear fluids until a few hours before.

Preparing for General Anesthesia
– Medications

When it comes to taking medications before your surgery you should only have a small sip of water. However, if your doctor has prescribed medication you should speak to them about how it will affect your surgery.

Medications
– Sleep apnea

If you have sleep apnea, please speak to your doctor. They will need to closely monitor your breathing during as well as after the procedure.

Sleep apnea
– Diabetes

If you have diabetes please make sure you speak with your doctor. You might need to make a few changes to your medication just before your surgery. Please note, you might not be allowed to take an oral diabetes medication before you go under the knife. If you need to take insulin before you have surgery, speak with your doctor. He or she might recommend that you take a reduced dose.

Diabetes
Before the Procedure

Before you have your surgery your anesthesiologist might ask you about your medical history and any medications you take. They will also ask you how you have reacted to anesthesia in the past. Finally, they might also discuss your allergies with you.

This will ensure that the anesthesiologist can use medications that are safe for you.

If you have any questions or concerns about the anesthesia, please make sure you speak to your doctor or the anesthesiologist. They are professionals who have carried out the procedure many times. However, they will always be happy to answer your questions.

Before the Procedure
During the Procedure

The anesthesiologist will typically deliver the anesthesia via an intravenous line. This line is likely to be placed in your arm. Alternatively, you might be asked to breathe gas through a mask.

As soon as you’re asleep, the anesthesiologist might place a tube in your mouth and down into your windpipe. This is to ensure that you have enough oxygen. In addition to this, your lungs will be protected from stomach fluids and blood.

During the Procedure
After the Procedure

After your surgery, you’re likely to feel a few side effects such as a dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and perhaps some pain. However, please make sure you speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.

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Dr. William M. Jacobsen
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