August 29, 2011

Breast augmentation anesthesia

One vital factor in breast augmentation surgery:    

Type of Anesthesia to be administered

It is very important to discuss with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist the type of anesthesia they will administer during the breast augmentation surgery.  Some patients are suffering from anesthesia reaction that could lead to death.

There are various types of anesthesia on which the anesthesiologist are using for the breast augmentation surgical procedure.     The anesthesia to be administered will depend on the type of the surgery, and the facility where the procedure will be performed.   Not to mention the doctor´s preferences and the patient´s health condition.

Anesthesia should be given by the certified and qualified anesthesiologist or by the doctor himself.  These medical professionals are well-trained to administer anesthesia.  There are also nurses who are certified anesthesiologist.    They are called certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA.

There are four major kinds of anesthesia:

  • General anesthesia.  The patient is asleep.
  • Local anesthesia.  This is administered in the specific location that needs surgery.    The surgical area is numb.
  • Sedation anesthesia.  The patient `s level of consciousness is adjust
  • Regional anesthesia.  The surgical area to be operated is numb.  This type of anesthesia is not required to be used for the breast augmentation surgery.

For a patient to undergo a breast augmentation, she must be concerned with the disadvantages of anesthesia, as follows:

  • General anesthesia. This is generally used for the breast implants surgery.
    • Infection
    • Swelling
    • Delirium
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Stroke or heart attack
    • Sore throat, hoarseness
    • Swelling in the larynx
    • Increase of heart rate
    • Hypertension
    • Allergic reactions
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Aspiration
  • Local anesthesia.  Administered only for small area and to stop pain.  The disadvantage of this type is the serious systematic reaction
  • Sedation or conscious anesthesia.    It is often used with a local anesthesia during the breast augmentation.
  • Unpleasant memories of the surgery
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hangover
  • Headache

Before the breast augmentation surgery, a patient should have a list to inquire about anesthesia with her anesthesiologist:

  • What type of anesthesia will you administer for my surgical operation?
  • What are the risks and complication of the recommended type of anesthesia?
  • Will I sign a written authorization?
  • Who will administer the anesthesia?
  • Will I be monitored during the surgery?
  • Will I meet with an anesthesiologist before and after the surgery?
  • Where will I recover?
  • Who staffs the recovery room?
  • Are they qualified to handle emergency?

To protect yourself from the risks of the anesthesia is to inform your surgeon and the anesthesiologist about your medical history, your medication and supplements you are taking, including the herbal and dietary supplements because they could interfere with the anesthesia.

Your recovery will depend on the anesthesia type to be administered during the surgery and how will you respond to it.     With using the general anesthesia, you will wake up abruptly or gradually.  You may feel cold hot or numb.   You may feel nauseous and have a laughing fit.  With sore throat and dry mouth. It is very important for all of us to know and be educate regarding breast augmentation surgery procedures.