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Anesthesia


Undergoing surgery at Gi Surgical Clinic, particularly for inguinal hernia, involves general anesthesia, which can understandably lead to concerns among patients. We've gathered patient feedback through surveys to address common worries and provide reassurance about the anesthesia process here at our clinic.

### Common Concerns About Anesthesia
- **Effectiveness:** Will the anesthesia work properly?
- **Duration:** Is there a risk of the anesthesia wearing off during surgery?
- **Awakening:** Will I definitely wake up after surgery?

### Anesthesia Process at Gi Surgical Clinic
- **Preparation:** Prior to administering anesthesia, we conduct thorough examinations to assess your health, including any allergies or chronic conditions. This ensures we choose the most suitable anesthesia approach for you.
- **Monitoring:** Before starting general anesthesia, we'll connect you to monitors to keep an eye on your pulse, blood pressure, and respiration.
- **Continuous Observation:** A staff member will be by your side, continuously monitoring your condition and the monitors throughout the procedure.
- **Administering Anesthesia:** General anesthesia combines agents that induce sleep and block pain. You'll fall asleep shortly after it begins, and we'll continuously administer anesthesia to maintain it, ensuring it doesn't wear off mid-surgery.
- **Waking Up:** After surgery, we stop the anesthesia, leading to its gradual elimination from your body and your eventual awakening.
- **Post-Surgery:** In the recovery room, you'll rest quietly until you're awake enough to drink and walk, after which you can go home. Pain management medication will continue to work after the anesthesia has worn off, but its effects will diminish over time. Please use any prescribed painkillers or suppositories as directed once you're home.

### Addressing Anesthesia Concerns
- **Effectiveness and Duration:** The meticulous pre-surgery assessments ensure that the anesthesia is both effective and sustained throughout the procedure, preventing it from wearing off unexpectedly.
- **Awakening:** The gradual elimination of anesthesia from your system ensures you'll naturally wake up after the surgery is completed.

### Additional Information
- During anesthesia, you won't feel the urge to cough or urinate.
- Our surgeries typically last about an hour, allowing you to use the bathroom independently before and after the procedure without the need for a urinary catheter.
- **Caution:** The effects of general anesthesia might linger until the next morning, causing slight disorientation or unsteadiness. Driving is strictly prohibited on the day of surgery. Smokers are at a higher risk for postoperative pneumonia, so it's crucial to quit smoking well before your surgery.

For any further concerns or questions about anesthesia or the Day Surgery process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're here to ensure you feel fully informed and comfortable with your treatment plan.