If you are facing some invasive procedure and operation chances are you are not as informed as you think. Read the following things you should know about anesthesia and going under it.
You could be awake during the procedure.
In certain operations you may receive local anesthesia which mans that you will not feel the work of the doctors but you will be aware of what is going on around you. In some more serious operations you are completely asleep.
It could affect your memory and make you forgetful.
A few weeks or in some cases months after the surgery your memory could be compromised. It is nothing serious but it is very good to know. This does not have long term effects but scientists have found that in some cases anesthesia kills brain cells.
Your age affects the recovery time.
Cognitive problems may appear in elderly people over the age of 60. The effects wear off with time but there is one study that showed that anesthesia in elderly people can increase the risk of getting Alzheimer’s.
Even though the procedure is covered by the insurance, the anesthesiologist may not be included.
Anesthesia is monitored during the whole procedure and that costs money. Make sure you are informed about what exactly your insurance covers in order to prevent extra unexpected costs.
You are not just asleep, you are actually unconcious
In order to not feel the pain. This process is also carefully monitored as well as your vitals and breathing.
You may wake up in the middle of the surgery.
This is called anesthesia awareness and happens more often than you think. This has something to do with the way the anesthesia is applies. Talk to your doctors before hand about the whole process in order to not have this uncomfortable situation occur.
You need to divulge information about possible drug and alcohol addictions.
This fact is highly important for the doctors and the whole procedure. Make sure to be honest because it can seriously affect your surgery.
You might have a sore throat afterwards.
With intubation during the surgery you may experience side effects like a sore throat, dizziness, nausea, shivering and so on.
Although the risk of dying is really low, it is still present.
The death rate is really low but it has increased over the years.