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Dr. Avtar S Matharoo

  • MD - Anesthesia, CEPC - Certificate course in Essentials of Palliative Care (PGIMER), FIPP – Fellowship in Interventional Pain Practice (WIP – USA)
  • 20 years experience

Dr. Jaya Chaudhury

  • M.B.B.S. , University of Calcutta in the year June’ 1991 , MD (Anesthesia), University of Calcutta in the year July’ 1997 , Primary FRCA, Royal College of Anesthesia, London in Feb’ 2001 , Final FRCA, Royal College of Anesthesia, London in May’2004
  • 20 years experience

Dr. Adarsh Chandra Swami

  • MBBS-1984, MD-1987
  • 0 years experience

Dr. Nitish Mandal

  • MBBS , FPM
  • 0 years experience

Dr. Abhishek Punhani

  • MBBS, DNB
  • 0 years experience

Dr. Shantanu Mallick

  • MBBS
  • 0 years experience

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About Anaesthesia

In general, anaesthesia refers to the use of certain medicines known as anaesthetics. The major purpose of anaesthesia procedure is to control the pain and consciousness of the person undergoing a surgical procedure. The procedure helps control breathing, blood pressure, blood rate, and heart rate and its rhythm.

Along
with
Anaesthetics, other medicines are also used such as ones to help you relax or to converse the effects of anaesthesia.

Types of Anaesthesia

There could be different types of anaesthesia including:

  • Local Anaesthesiais found to daze a small portion of the body for small procedures. For instance, the patient may get a dose of medicine straight into the surgical area to stop the pain. He or she may stay awake during the procedure.
     
  • Regional anaesthesia basically chunks pain to a bigger portion of your body. The patient may also get medicine to help you relax or sleep. Types of regional anaesthesia include:
     
  • Spinal Anaesthetic: - A spinal anaesthetic is primarily used for lower abdominal, pelvic, rectal, or lower margin surgery. This kind of anaestheticincludesinoculating a single dose of the anaesthetic medicine into the region that environs the spinal cord. The injection is typically made into the lower back, under the end of the spinal cord, and numbs the lower body. This type of anaesthesia is largely used in orthopedic procedures of the lower extremities.
     
  • Epidural Anaesthetic: - The epidural anaesthetic is very much like a spinal anaesthetic and is generally used for surgery of the lower limbs and in caseoflabour and childbirth. This kind of anaesthesia involves frequentlypervading an anaesthetic medicine through a thin catheter (hollow tube). The catheter is put into the space that backdrop the spinal cord in the lower back, causing numbness in the lower body. Epidural anaesthesia may also be employed for chest or abdominal surgery. In this situation, the anaesthetic medicine is give at an upper location in the back to numb the chest and abdominal areas.

General Anaesthesiaputs impact on the brain and the rest of the body. The patient may get some anaestheticsvia a vein (intravenously, or IV), and he or she may breathe in some anaesthetics. In case of general anaesthesia, the patient remains unconscious and hedoesn’t feel pain during the surgery.

The use of Anaesthesia

The type of Anaesthesia used depends on several things:

  • Patient’s past and ongoing health. This encompasses other surgeries he or she have had and the underlying health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. Consult with your doctor if any family members have had a grave reaction to anaesthetics or other medicines.
     
  • The kind of surgery. For instance, the patient may require general anaesthesia to ensure maximum comfort and safety during specific types of surgery.
     
  • The outcomes of diagnostic procedures, such as blood tests or an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG).

A doctor or nurse may recommend one or more types of anaesthesia over others for your surgery. In certain cases, the doctor or nurse may allow you pick which type to get. Occasionally, such as in an emergency, the patient doesn’t get an option to choose.

Anaesthesiologists

Anaesthesiologistsrefers to the doctors specialize in the administration and management of anaesthesia given during a surgical procedure. They can also be held accountable for managing changes in various important life functions--breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure--as they are affected by the surgery being done. Moreover, they diagnose and manage any medical issues that might emerge out during and instantly after surgery.

Risks and Complications

Prevailing side effects and other issues of anaesthesia are rare, particularly in case of people who are in good health.

But all anaesthesia carries some risk. For example:

  • After general anaesthesia heart concerns, pneumonia, sore throat, or vomiting may happen.
  • With larger doses of local anaesthesia, the anaesthetic can get into the rest of the body affecting the brain or heart.
  • After spinal anaesthesia some patients experience headaches.

Role of monitoring during anaesthesia

Monitoring is one of the most crucial aspects
ananaesthesiologist needs to look after during surgery. Close observation of even the minutest changes in a varied range of body functions gives the anaesthesiologist a great deal of information about the status of the patient. Besidesassistinganaesthesia, the anaesthesiologistis meant to handle vital functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, heart rhythm, body temperature, and breathing. He or she will also be accountable for fluid and blood replacement when required. Advanced technology is employed to monitor each & every organ system and its performance during surgery.

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