ANESTHESIA, SECURITY AND SIDE EFFETS
Any anesthesia takes place in a room equipped with specialized equipment to continuously monitor the “vital functions” (activity of the heart, lungs, blood oxygenation, etc.). At the end of surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room to be monitored continuously. This is where the measures to treat pain will be implemented. During this time, you will be under the responsibility of an anesthesiologist assisted by a specialized nurse practitioner.
For organization of service and safety reasons, anesthesiologists work as a team. The doctor who will practice anesthesia is not necessarily the same person you will meet preoperatively. Of course, your complete anesthesia record will be forwarded to the anesthesiologist who will take care of you.
Any medical procedure, performed even in the best conditions, involves a risk. However, the methods currently used in anesthesia are reliable and the risk of complications remains extremely low. Through continuous monitoring, any malfunction is quickly corrected. A major accident threatening life (severe allergy, cardiac arrest, asphyxia) is extremely rare. It is the same for less serious complications that are exceptional but you need to be informed of them; during general anesthesia, there is a risk of damaged teeth (especially if dental health is poor or fragile), hoarse voice or difficulty swallowing during the first days, concentration difficulties, nausea or vomiting.
Regional anesthesia can result in nerve damage but it is usually transient. The cases of paralysis or prolonged sensitivity disorder are extremely rare.