Archive | August 2015

Commonly Asked Questions about Receiving Anesthesia

An MD graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Brian Klagges is an anesthesiologist and pain interventionist with Amoskeag Anesthesia, PLLC. Additionally, Dr. Brian Klagges is a staff member within the Department of Surgery, Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The following questions are commonly posed by those who will be receiving anesthesia.

Q: Is there more than one kind of anesthesia?

A: There are several types of anesthesia, with the most common being MAC/sedation, and local, regional, and general anesthesia. The type that a patient receives for his or her surgery is based on many factors, including the kind of surgery being performed, medical history, and a surgeon’s requirements.

Q: How long will the effects of anesthesia last?

A: The length of anesthesia effects varies from a few hours to a full 24 hours. A full 24-hour resting period is recommended after undergoing anesthesia, in which professionals recommend no operation of motorized vehicles, no consumption of alcohol, and no important decision making.

Q: Can I eat or drink the night before receiving anesthesia?

A: Medical professionals ask patients not to partake in food or drinks the night before a procedure. This is because there is a possibility that a patient will vomit while under an anesthetic, and inhaling stomach contents into the lungs can cause life-threatening medical complications.