General anaesthesia puts you in a sleep-like state. This means that it ‘switches off’ your consciousness and above all your ability to feel pain.
Most frequently, an anaesthetic is injected into the vein (intravenous anaesthesia). If the procedure takes longer, the anaesthetic will either be administered again or an anaesthetic gas will be administered in addition to oxygen. This can be done using a mask placed over the mouth and nose (face mask) or one placed over the larynx (laryngeal mask) (mask anaesthesia).
During and after anaesthesia, your blood pressure, pulse, heartbeat and oxygen levels will be monitored constantly so that any problems can be identified and treated immediately.
It is completely normal for you to feel tired and drowsy for a while after anaesthesia and there is no cause for concern even if you feel this way for a few hours (depending on the type of anaesthesia used). Each person reacts differently.
What will happen on the day of surgery?
You should arrive at the practice on the day of surgery 30 – 60 minutes before the scheduled time. Please bring your insurance ID smart card, the documentation for the surgery and the informed consent form.
If you feel anxious or agitated, ask us for a tranquiliser tablet and some water..
After a few formalities, you will be taken to the preoperative/recovery room, where you can change clothes. You will be able to lock up your personal belongings.
A plastic tube will be inserted into a vein in the back of your hand or the crook of your elbow. This can be used to administer medications and fluids. In the operating room, you will sit on the operating chair and we will monitor your heartbeat and respiration. A cuff placed on your upper arm will be used to measure your blood pressure, a sensor on one of your fingers will monitor your circulation and the oxygen level in your blood, and three electrodes may be affixed to your chest and connected to an ECG machine to monitor your heartbeat. During general anaesthesia, once you have gone to sleep, your respiration and lung function will be monitored via sensors attached to a respirator.
Once the procedure has ended, you will be able to walk to your bed or a couch yourself, with our assistance. You will stay there for about one hour after the procedure.
To prepare for anaesthesia and surgery, please note the followings:
A. before surgery
B. on the day of the surgery
and C. after surgery!
A questionnaire similar to the one you will be given at the practice is available here for download