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What is general anesthesia?
A general anesthesia consists of administering drugs (most often by infusion) that will put the brain to rest , numb pain and cause muscle relaxation .
The drugs used will have an action on the whole body and at the same time can cause unwanted effects. During general anesthesia, the anesthetist takes over the organs under anesthesia, using a machine (ventilator) and monitoring the functioning of the organs thanks to the placement of monitoring devices (on the chest, arm and finger)
General anesthesia requires: setting up an infusion, breathing before the start of anesthesia in a mask bringing you oxygen in greater quantity. This mask is positioned on your face.
Who performs this anesthesia?
General anesthesia will be performed by the anesthetist that you have seen in consultation or by one of his colleagues.
You may be taken care of by one of the IADEs from our team in collaboration with the anesthesiologist responsible for your anesthesia.
At the end of the intervention, we check that the conditions are favorable to stop the anesthesia drugs in order to let you wake up spontaneously. Pain medications are given when you are asleep. You will spend some time in the recovery room after the general anesthesia.
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List of side effects in connection with anesthesia
Frequent adverse events
- Nausea - Vomiting
- Bruising / Pain in the infusion
- Pain / dryness / injury in the mouth (related to the respiratory aid device)
- Visual blur
- Dizziness / Fatigue
- Mild allergic reaction (rash)
- Difficulty urinating
- Confusion / temporary memory loss
- Emotional or behavioral disorders
- Respiratory infection
- Bleeding (increased by taking anti-aggregating or anti-coagulant treatments)
Uncommon side effects and complications
- Dental breakage
- Muscle aches
- Breathing difficulties upon awakening
- Paralysis or muscle weakness
- Intraoperative memorization (memories)
- Change in voice (lesion of the vocal cords)
- Residual or prolonged curarization (lengthening of the necessary duration of anesthesia)
- Degradation of the patient's general condition
- Degradation of the function of an organ previously in difficulty
- Sleeping troubles
- Deep vein thrombosis, Pulmonary embolism
Rare or exceptional adverse events and complications
- Severe allergy (anaphylactic shock)
- Malignant hyperthermia
- Stroke / Epilepsy
- Myocardial infarction
- Inhalation of gastric fluid
- Wound or nerve compression with permanent deficit
- Severe pulmonary embolism
- Vision loss / Deafness
- Severe renal or hepatic impairment