Have you ever undergone a significant surgery before? If you have, then you might remember lying on the surgical table and losing consciousness, and then after some time you regained consciousness, and the surgery was done. If you have never undergone surgery before, then you should understand that before any major surgery, you need to be ‘put to sleep’ to enable the operation to take place smoothly. Imagine someone cutting you open and exposing your stomach and intestines as you watch. The pain during the cutting process and the shock from seeing your insides may be too much to handle. The person that ‘puts you to sleep’ is known as the Anesthesiologist. They ensure you remain stable during the operation process and follow up to ensure you don’t have any complications after the surgery. The medicines used to put you under do not react the same way for different people, and the amounts administered differ based on the operation and the anatomy of your body. The anesthesiologist, such as those in Frisco, sports medicine, have to ask some questions to establish the best way to apply the medicine.
Herbal Supplements you Take
If you take herbal medicines, they may increase your blood pressure and make your heart beat faster. When undergoing surgery, having high blood pressure means that the chances of bleeding remain high. It also means that the clotting process may become challenging, and they need to administer drugs to help with clotting. Herbal medicines may also make the sedative medicine used to put you to sleep last longer. Knowledge of the use of herbal drugs helps the doctor to plan the dosage administered. Best practice dictates that you stop the intake of the herbal medication a few weeks before the scheduled surgery.
Reactions with Anesthetics
If you have undergone surgery before, the Anesthesiologist will need to know if you had any reaction to the sedative medicine used. Provide information on how the response manifested in your body, including the time it took to wake up, if you vomited, and any other detailed information you may have. These are helpful for when the Anesthesiologist plans your sedation schedule and the drugs to use/avoid in the process.
Any Medicines you are Taking
You should provide information on any medicines that you take, both prescribed by the doctor and those you bought over the counter. Some drugs increase blood pressure while other medications interfere with the blood clotting process. Different drugs also prolong the time it takes to wake after the sedative wears off. You may stay under for an extended period of time and alarm the doctors who may try methods of resuscitation that otherwise were not needed.
Information on Allergies
Mention any allergies you have to food and medicine, as the drugs administered for sedation may cause an allergic reaction similar to the food and medicines. Allergies related to Sulphur manifest in response to Sulphur drugs and foods such as eggs.
Use of Drugs
Indulgence in drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and other recreational drugs such as cocaine may affect how you respond to anesthetic drugs. It may also increase blood pressure and affect the clotting and healing process. When doctors understand such details, they can plan on how to include such factors when administering anesthetic drugs.