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5 Unknown Facts About Anesthesia


Millions of people undergo medical procedures safely and successfully each year, while under a specific form of anesthesia. It is commonly required for surgeries and other procedures. Have you had an operation before? What do you know about anesthetics?

Since it is almost the 170th anniversary from the first triumphant use of anesthesia services. To celebrate the magnificent medical milestone, here are a few unknown facts you may want to know about these drugs:

A patient may regain consciousness during surgery, even while on anesthesia.

Although this is rare, it is true that a patient subjected under general anesthesia may regain consciousness even before the surgery is done. It is often referred to as “anesthesia awareness.”

The American Association of Nurse-Anesthetists revealed that anesthetic medications can provide pain relief, cause unconsciousness, and prevent movement for cases where patient is under general anesthesia. There is a possibility that the patient will wake up if the first two effects fail. In other cases where all three effects fail, the patient could regain consciousness; but he will not have the ability to communicate.

Physicians are using a brain-monitoring device to evaluate the patient’s consciousness and reduce the possibility of anesthesia awareness. Do not let this bother you, at all. If a person wakes up in the middle of a surgery, it will only last a few seconds and there will be no feeling of any pain.

Smokers need an larger amounts of anesthesia.

In a study presented during a meeting of the European Society of Anesthesiology in Berlin in 2015, anesthesiologists noticed the need for extra amount of anesthesia on patients who are either smokers or second-hand smokers. The research compared female patients who are non-smokers to those who are exposed to smoke. Female smokers required another 33% of anesthesia, while those who are under the category of secondhand smokers required an additional 20%. Another interesting finding is that both groups needed extra painkiller medications during post operation care.

Compared to non-smokers, people who smoke develop irritated airways. The exact same reason why there is a need for higher dose of painkillers so to assist their tolerance to the pain from breathing tubes.

Extra weight means added risk.

It is a challenge to get the right dose of anesthesia to overweight patients. It is also possible that their extra weight will make it harder for them to breath during surgery.

It blocks your memory of the procedure.

The use of general anesthesia is not only designed to make the surgery a pain-free experience, it also blocks your memory of the whole procedure. Although, this is not a really a big deal for most of the patients.

No, it is not a truth serum.

It may sound absurd, but there are patients who are concerned about receiving any form of anesthetic for the fear of saying things they will regret afterwards. Anesthetics have a relaxing effect on patients, but not to the point of them confessing their deepest darkest secrets. As a matter of fact, most patients do not even utter a single word.

In the past, there had been reports of patient deaths related to the use of anesthetics. Today, it is safe to use anesthesia services from expert physicians who are now more precise about their art with advanced medical technology.