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Anesthesia. What is it really like?

You have decided and taken the leap of faith. You have booked your cosmetic procedure at Pearl Health. Nothing can be a better choice no doubt, but as you come in for the procedure, the process of anesthesia is explained to you. It is a statistic that is thrown out that some 30% of patients are more afraid of anesthesia than the actual procedure itself. The reason for being apprehensive about the process of being “put under” largely comes from not knowing exactly what it entails. There are mentions of fatalities as a result of anesthesia, but the percentage if by far, negligible. Anesthesia as a modern prerequisite is about as safe as they come.

Let us now study the various steps that go in to the process of anesthesia, starting from the administration of the IV. The anesthetist will be by your side and will explain in great depth what the procedure of anesthesia is going to be like. You would literally be going in for a deep sleep session. An IV trail will be started and the medication will be introduced into your bloodstream. As the medication starts its delivery and begins to take effect, the anesthetist will usually ask you to count backwards from a 100. This is to distract your mind and to prevent anxiety build up as you drift off into oblivion.

Here is what exactly happens when you go under anesthesia. The effect of anesthesia on the human body is split into four parts. The first part is unconsciousness. Basically what happens is that the medication transports you into a stage of deep sleep, almost coma like. This stupor is obviously vital for you to stay put while the surgical procedure is being conducted. The second aspect of anesthesia is immobility. Anesthesia renders you immobile. This is extremely important as you should not have any involuntary movements as the procedures are being conducted. The third aspect of anesthesia os Analgesia. The means that there is a prevention from feeling pain that is happening. Your cosmetic procedure entails actual distress to your skin and that would naturally be extremely painful and unbearable had it not been for anesthesia. The fourth aspect of anesthesia is Amnesia. the whole procedure should be catatonic, and you should not have any recollection of the smells and the sounds, not to mention the sights.

The Anesthetist will be at your side during the entire course of the procedure and will be monitoring the blood saturation levels and vital signs. The anesthetist will be closely monitoring the circulation levels and the fluid loss, and most importantly the level of consciousness thereby rendering stability to the entire procedure.

When you wake from the process of anesthesia after the completion of the procedure, you will typically have no idea of the passage of time and the procedure itself. The last thing you would remember is going under after the anesthesia has been administered. After being revived from anesthesia there are some effects that will be persistent for some time as you slowly reach normalcy. These effects are the loss of inhibitions, leading to your vocalising whatever comes to your mind, and not holding anything back, as it were. There will also be some slurred speech. Some patients even hallucinate and have colourful narrations, which is why in these modern times of hyper connectivity there are so many videos of people coming out of anesthesia and uttering precious comments.

At Pearl health, the best anesthetist pores over your data before even talking to you, and the team stands by making your coming out of anesthesia more like a beautiful waking up moment.

There need be no fear as long as you have identified a good anesthetist.

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