What does anaesthesia mean?
Anesthesia is the blocking of nerve impulses to eliminate sensation. It can be applied to the entire body, individual regions of the body, body parts, or individual organs. As such, it is possible to operate using anesthesia without the patient feeling any pain.
What types of anaesthesia exist today?
1st General anaesthesia = Total anaesthesia
Here, pain reception is switched off in the entire body. The patient goes into a deep sleep and has no sensation of pain.
2nd Regional anaesthesia
With regional anaesthesia only a part of the body or a body region is "switched off". The patient remains awake, or will be placed in a light sleep.
3rd Local anaesthesia
Local anesthesia only "switches off" an organ or body region. It is suitable for smaller operations, which concern themselves with a particular area of the body.
Anaesthesia in the day clinic unter den Eichen
At the day clinic unter den Eichen, the operations are carried out using a full narcosis (general anaesthesia). This means that the patient will be injected with a drug that allows one to enter a state of deep sleep and prevents one from feeling any operative pain. The drugs cause a reduction in the level of spontaneous respiration, so it is necessary to assist the patient to breath with oxygen. This occurs during all general anaesthesia and depending on the type of operation will entail using either a face mask, larynx mask or tube.
Modern anaesthetics are so well controlled that the patient is able to respond immediately after the end of surgery. Initially the patient will be somewhat tired and will need to sleep for about 2 hours in the recovery room before she can go home. For the journey home and the post-op care at home the assistance of a family member or friend is mandatory.
Important information on general anaesthesia for you as a patient:
On the day of the operation you must be prepared. That means:
- Do not eat, smoke, chew gum, or suck sweets at least 6 hours before the operation.
- Up to 2 hours before surgery you may drink 1-2 glasses of water (without gas). No coffee, no milk.
- If you take medication regularly, are diabetic or suffer from heart disease, please contact the surgeon before the operation. All patients over 60 years of age require an electrocardiogram and laboratory investigation.
- Following general anaesthesia, you will not be suitable for driving a vehicle for 24 hours. Even as a pedestrian you must stay away from traffic. Therefore let someone you trust bring you to the clinic and then pick you up, take you home, and take care of you. If this is not possible, we will order you a taxi for the ride home. However, an outpatient surgery is only possible if you are not alone at home following the surgery.
- Please bring a large T-shirt with you that you can wear in the recovery room.
For more information, visit the Landesverband Ambulantes Operieren Land Berlin e.V. (National Association of Outpatient Surgery Berlin eV)