Anesthesia facts

What type of anesthesia do you use for explant?

Your anesthesiologist will be using general anesthesia for en bloc, and/or fat transfer and breast lift surgeries. During general anesthesia, patients are rendered unconscious through the use of intravenous medicines. You remain under anesthesia until the end of surgery so you experience no uncomfortable sensations. During the procedure your vital signs and anesthesia depth are carefully and continuously monitored by the anesthesia provider, using sophisticated equipment to track your bodily functions and the level of medications in your bloodstream.

What do I need to avoid before anesthesia?

You may not eat or drink anything 8 hours before surgery. If you have food or liquid in your stomach at the time of surgery, it could put you at risk for vomiting and aspirating the content into the lungs, which could be life threatening. You must also avoid certain medications and supplements. Be sure to let us know everything that you are taking and refer to our list of medications to avoid.

Could herbal medicines or supplements affect my anesthesia?

Certain herbal medicines may prolong the effects of  different anesthetic medications. Others may increase the risk of bleeding or raise blood pressure. Some effects may be subtle and less critical, but for anesthesiologists it is better to anticipate a possible reaction than to react to an unexpected situation. That is why it is very important to tell us about everything you normally take before you have surgery.

How long does it take to come out of anesthesia?

You are usually awake and conscious when you come out of the OR into the PACU (post anesthetic recovery unit) but you usually don’t remember that because you are still clearing out anesthesia from your system. You become fully awake about 45-60 minutes after leaving the operating room.

May I speak with the anesthesiologist before my surgery?

Yes, you may, simply let the patient coordinator know and she will set up a phone consult.

Are there risks of anesthesia?

Every surgical procedure and anesthesia involves risks that depend on many factors, including your individual medical conditions and the type of surgery you are having. We take precautions before your surgery such as electrocardiogram (ekg); blood clotting times and some other blood work to ensure you aren’t at high risk for complications. Major complications are fortunately very rare and your anesthesia provider will take precautions to prevent them from occurring. Your anesthesiologist will remain in the operating room with you at all times during your surgery ensuring that everything goes as expected with your procedure. Please remember to read the anesthesia informed consents before your surgery so you can clear out any last minute questions.