Understanding General Anesthesia

If you're planning to undergo a major surgical procedure, such as breast augmentation or a tummy tuck, you can expect general anesthesia to be used.

With general anesthesia, you will be given a drug that brings about a reversible loss of consciousness so that you are unable to experience pain. The anesthesia is most often administered via inhalation and can be used with or without controlled breathing through a tube in the throat.

After the procedure, you wake feeling like you've been in a deep sleep. Your throat might be a little sore, and you might feel nauseated, shaky or lightheaded. Many patients believe general anesthesia causes the skin to feel dry; staying well-hydrated in the 48 hours following general anesthesia is important, regardless of how you feel.

General anesthesia should be performed only in an accredited or licensed facility in order to adequately monitor patient safety.

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