Common questions about anaesthesia

Why should I fast before an operation?

You should always fast at least 6 hours before surgery, even if you do not have full anesthesia. Swallowing is greatly reduced when you are in anesthesia, and if you are not fasting, you may experience gastric fluid. Milk and milk products are considered food in this context. Clear liquids such as water, juice, tea, and coffee (without milk) can be consumed in moderation up to 2 hours before the meeting time. You can also brush teeth. It is important to know that the fixed rules also apply to snuff, candy, chewing gum etc, since this causes the stomach to produce stomach acid. If for various reasons you have not followed the rules or are in doubt about this, it is important that you let us know so that we can take this into account and carry out the anesthetic in a safe way. It is also important to notify in advance if you are much afflicted with acid regurgitation.

 

I’m afraid to wake up during the operation.

When you are in anesthesia, it is always an anesthetic nurse and/or an anesthetist who will take care of you. Using many different measurements and observations, our focus is that you are good and are safe. We do not use muscle paralysis drugs in connection with anesthesia. This means that we will record even small changes in drug depth and continuously adjust the doses. That means you can’t wake up during the operation without us noticing it. When the operation is complete, the medication is stopped and you wake up after a few minutes. Once you wake up, you can be a bit dazed, this is quite common and goes over quickly. If you wake up before the bandage is completely finished, in some cases you may have a memory of waking up during the operation. If you experience any discomfort in connection with the awakening, just ask us. You can also contact us in retrospect so that we can clarify any misunderstandings.

 

I’m afraid to wake up with great pain.

You are usually told to take the painkillers before surgery. During the actual operation, all our patients get local anesthesia, this also works quite a while after you wake up. Depending on the type of surgery, as well as our experience and knowledge of anticipated pain after the various procedures, we may also provide you with pain medication intravenously. If necessary, you will, of course, get more painkillers when you wake up. When you are completely awake you can switch to tablets.

 

Is Anesthetic Dangerous?

Many are worried before surgery, and perhaps especially in relation to the anesthetic. We fully understand this, so we want you to get answers to all your questions to the greatest possible extent. In otherwise healthy people, there is currently very little risk associated with anesthesia. It is nevertheless important that we have sufficient information in advance about your health condition, previous operations/anesthesia, medication use, allergies etc. This information is obtained through a health form that you fill out well in advance of the operation. If you need more information in relation to the anesthetic, just contact and make an appointment by phone or on our website.

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