Cherine El-Dabh, MD
Location and Office HoursCleveland Clinic Main Campus Anesthesiology
5700 Cooper Foster Park
Lorain, OH 44053
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What is an anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is a physician who has completed four years of medical school after graduating from college. Following medical school, today's anesthesiologist completes four to five years of specialized medical training in the field of anesthesiology, which includes critical and intensive care medicine, hospice and palliative medicine and pain medicine.
What are the risks of a radiofrequency palatoplasty?
Complications during surgery include accidental damage to surrounding blood vessels or tissues.
Complications after surgery are rare. But complications after surgery may include:
- Sleepiness and periods of not breathing (apnea) related to the medications used to make you sleep during surgery.
- Swelling, pain, infection and bleeding.
- A sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
- Drainage of secretions into the nose and a nasal quality to the voice. Speech may be affected with this surgery.
- Narrowing of the airway in the nose and throat.
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How is general anesthesia administered?
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General anesthesia can be administered via an IV line, gas, or a combination of both. Patients often are given an IV injection first to induce unconsciousness. The gas then prolongs and maintains the effect. (Sometimes, injected anesthetics maintain the correct level of anesthesia without the need for gas.) Usually, the gas is isoflurane or desflurane combined with nitrous oxide.
Sedatives (such as Valium), Ketamine and depressants can be injected into an IV that was inserted before surgery. Additionally, the person administering anesthesia might give a muscle relaxant to ensure deeper paralysis, this is especially true if the operation involves major organs.
As surgery ends, the IV anesthetic is discontinued and the gases are turned off. Patients go to a PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) and are monitored closely. Often, warm IV fluids are provided to counteract both the dehydration that can result from anesthesia and the shivering from body temperature changes. As the analgesic effect of the anesthetic wears off, patients also receive some form of pain relief. Depending on the surgery, this could be an oral medication or even morphine. Some people recover within an hour. Others take longer to completely awaken.
After awakening, it's possible you'll deal with lasting side effects: nausea, vomiting, and numbness in the area where the surgery was performed. You'll probably feel disoriented and might require assistance to get around.
It is also important to mention that serious risks are associated with general anesthesia, including allergic reaction, organ failure, suffocation, stroke and death. You should discuss these concerns with your doctor before your surgery.
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