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What Your Doctor Should Tell You Before You Undergo Anesthesia

AnesthesiaAnesthesiology is the practice of managing pain as well as the total care of a patient before, during, and after surgery. The thought of surgery is unnerving, but most individuals are mostly concerned with any associated pain. An anesthesiologist utilizes medicine to reduce or prevent the onset of discomfort during an operation. These medications can be something as simple as a localized shot to numb a small area, or they can put a patient “to sleep” by easing them into a state of unconsciousness. When dealing with nerves and brain function, even a slight error can lead to anesthesia injuries, which often have severe and long-lasting effects.

Full Disclosure

Most patients cannot choose their anesthesiologist. However, this does not mean that you will go into surgery sight-unseen. Before any surgery, there is a process known as the “preoperative exam.” During this stage, you will meet several of your attending medical staff, including the anesthesiologist. It is the job of the anesthesiologist to identify and manage any pain or medical complications that may arise during surgery. In addition to asking you questions about your medical history, medications you may be taking, and other medically relevant details, the anesthesiologist will disclose the risks and hazards associated with anesthesia administration. For example, they will explain that:

  • Excess weight may make it more challenging to administer anesthesia medication safely.
  • Using marijuana before surgery can cause serious complications.
  • Advanced age can increase potential surgery risk.
  • You may become conscious during the operation and feel pain, but not be able to move or tell anyone about it.
Ask Your Questions

During the preoperative examination, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist will ask an extensive series of questions. Now is also your opportunity to ask any questions that you have. The goal of this process should be to be as open and candid as possible to ensure that your specialized treatment has little room for error. Questions to consider asking include:

  • What anesthesia options are available?
  • Do I have any eating, drinking, or medication restrictions?
  • Who will provide the anesthesia?
  • If an emergency arises during surgery, are you fully equipped to handle treatment here, or will transport be necessary?
  • Will I become conscious quickly or slowly after surgery is complete?
  • What is my risk for complications?
Get Legal Help

Anesthesiologists typically have 12 years of medical schooling and training to become licensed. However, no amount of studying overrides negligence. They know what to do, but they may occasionally take a shortcut due to stress, time complications, or some other unknown factor. If you have sustained an injury after undergoing anesthesia, it is essential to talk with a San Jose, CA anesthesia injury attorney. The lawyers at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. understand the devastating effects of these injuries and will aggressively seek to earn you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your free consultation.

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