James G. Allen, DO
Location and Office HoursButler Memorial Hospital Anesthesiology
911 E Brady St
Butler, PA 16001
What are possible side effects of anesthesia in children?
Although anesthetics can provide complete pain relief and loss of consciousness during an operation, they do occasionally have side effects in both adults and children. They tend to decrease breathing, heart action and blood pressure. The anesthesiologist is specially trained to ensure that these anesthetic effects are minimized. Different children may awaken from anesthesia at differing rates. Some children may be fully alert upon arriving in the recovery room. Others may be groggy for hours after surgery. If you have any concerns about your child's recovery, you should feel free to ask your anesthesiologist. Although operations are much safer these days, they still produce stress on the body and may cause your child to have a "sick" feeling. Nausea and vomiting are occasional side effects after surgery and anesthesia.
How is an anesthesia monitor used?
Bispectral index monitoring(BIS) is used to assess the level of consciousness, depth of anesthesia. The BIS monitor electrodes is often placed on the forehead and monitors brain activity during surgery. It assists with medication and anesthesia dosing to provide comfort, lack of awareness and relaxation.
How can I help prevent having anesthesia awareness?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
Here are some activities that can help you stay asleep during surgery.
Meet your anesthesiologist. If you know in advance that you will be requiring surgery, make it a point to know and meet your anesthesiologist before the surgery takes place. He or she should be able to explain the type of anesthesia you will be receiving, and to discuss their policy for protecting patients from anesthesia awareness.
Report all remembrances you have during surgery to your surgeon and anesthesiologist even if they occur days or weeks later.
Tell all your doctors everything you are taking. This is the time to be honest about every over-the-counter remedy, prescription medication, recreational drug, herbal or dietary supplement you are taking, as well as alcohol consumption, because some will affect how much anesthesia needs to be given.
Find out your family's history with anesthesia. If there is a genetic propensity for anesthesia awareness, other family members (including children) may have experienced it. Their history can be a forewarning for the potential in you.
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