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How Doctors Care for Surgery Patients Coming Out of General Anesthesia

April 29, 2016 | 10:40 am | Info Articles
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Anesthesia physicians in Northern California generally spend a few minutes with a patient before surgery to explain what type of medication will be used for general anesthesia. For a patient who has never received general anesthesia before, there may be some feelings of anxiety about what to expect from the procedure. Anesthesiologists can use these tips in explaining to their patients what to expect as they wake up from a surgical procedure and general anesthesia.

Explaining Side Effects to Patients and Caregivers

Patients undergoing surgery and general anesthesia must be driven to the surgical center or hospital by someone who can take them home after the procedure. All medication side effects should be explained to the patient as well as the caregiver. This can help the caregiver alert the physicians or hospital if any unusual side effects occur, such as a rash or change in mental status. The physicians can also explain to caregivers about how long the medication will take to wear off and when the patient will be fully coherent.

Surgery

Physical Reactions to Anesthesia

Physicians in an anesthesia medical group in Northern California such as Medical Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, can also explain to patients and caregivers what to expect during the initial waking up after surgery. Because each mixture and dose of general anesthesia is different and each patient has their own physiology, these reactions may differ.

Anesthesiologists can explain that the patient may have an active awakening with a great deal of movement. Hoarseness, sore throat, dry mouth and nausea are also common side effects after surgery with general anesthesia for pain management.

Pain Management

One of the ingredients in anesthesia is a pain blocker. When the general anesthesia wears off after surgery, the patient will start to feel pain. The level of pain will worsen if the patient and caregiver do not follow the anesthesiologist’s or surgeon’s recommendations for pain management. The anesthesiologist can explain how to stay on top of the pain once the general anesthesia has worn off. Keeping up with the recommended dosage of over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers can help the patient’s recovery go more smoothly.

Source
General Anesthesia, MayoClinic

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