If you’re about to have an invasive surgical procedure, you will most likely undergo general anesthesia for the duration of the procedure. The doctors at Boulder Plastic Surgery want to make sure you understand the side effects of anesthesia so you are aware of what is normal and what may be the sign of a complication after surgery. Undergoing anesthesia is very safe, and any complications that arise are extremely rare and are usually the result of some other health problem rather than an issue with the anesthesia.
How to Prepare for Undergoing Anesthesia
You and your doctor will discuss your medical history before approving any surgery that involves anesthesia. The risks involved increase with the use of certain prescription drugs, regular use of alcohol or cigarettes, preexisting medical conditions, or any previous adverse reactions to anesthesia.
In the days or weeks preceding surgery, your doctor may recommend ceasing certain prescription medications that hinder clotting factors, as well as abstaining from smoking or alcohol consumption. You will also not be able to eat or drink anything at least 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent any vomiting or aspirating during surgery. Remember, if you are honest with your doctor about your medical history, the risks will be greatly mitigated.
What to Expect After Surgery
Once your surgical procedure is over, the anesthesia will wear off and you will wake up. Some of the most common side effects of anesthesia that patients experience include:
- Grogginess or confusion upon waking
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Sore throat, which is more likely if you have a throat tube during surgery
Most of these side effects subside rather quickly after waking from surgery, and your doctor can prescribe medications for them.
While more serious complications can occur while under anesthesia, it is extremely rare. These complications occur more frequently in older adults and people with serious medical problems.
Consult the Doctors at Boulder Plastic Surgery
No matter what kind of medical procedure you are planning to undergo, the physicians at Boulder Plastic Surgery will clearly map out any of the risks or side effects associated with the procedure and create a safe and effective surgical plan that is right for you. Schedule an appointment for a consultation at Boulder Plastic Surgery today.