Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a procedure. For this procedure, general anesthesia is the most common type to receive.
General anesthesia uses medications that put you into a deep sleep so that you are not aware of any pain, pressure, or movement.
You will first be given oxygen through a mask to breathe. Your anesthesiologist will then give you medicine through your IV that will cause you to feel very pleasantly relaxed and quickly drift off to sleep. After you are sound asleep, a breathing tube will be placed in the back of your throat to assist with your breathing throughout the operation. Your anesthesia care team will give you other medications through your IV as required during your procedure.
There are many risks and side effects that can happen with anesthesia. Although we talk about some of these problems, we do not talk about all of them. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your anesthesiologist before the surgery. Be sure and tell him or her about any allergies or health conditions you have. This will help the anesthesiologist know how to take care of you during the surgery, and if you will need any special attention.