The term “anesthesia” comes from the Greek word “aisthesis”, which means “sensation”, “feeling.” The prefix “en” is a negation. Thus, when literally translated, the word “anesthesia” means the complete loss of sensation (including pain sensitivity).
Anesthesia (general anesthesia or analgesia) – is no less essential part of surgery than the surgery itself. During the operation, anesthesia removes any feeling of pain. Each anesthesia is performed with the highest degree of professionalism.
Most people who are preparing for surgery spend much time in studying the peculiarities and process of the operation that is waiting for them. Thus, they do not pay attention to such an important aspect of the surgery as anesthesia.
World Associations of Anesthesiologists strongly recommend that all surgical patients should study the characteristics of the forthcoming general anesthesia. The closest cooperation between you and your anesthesiologist will be one of the keys to the successful course of anesthesia and surgery, and, therefore, this will guarantee the safety of your life.
Specialist who conducts anesthesia is called the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist ensures the safety of your life during the operation. He is constantly and continuously monitoring the work of all the most important functions and organs of your body. If there are any changes in your condition, which are often a reaction of your organism on surgery itself or anesthesia, the anesthesiologist immediately reacts and normalizes your body systems, making anesthesia as comfortable and safe for you as it is possible.
Proper preparation of the patient is very important thing for the favorable course of anesthesia. Equally important are also some rules and behavior after the surgery and during the recovery process.
There are several types of anesthesia: general anesthesia, local anesthesia, sedation and regional anesthesia, which, is divided into the spinal, epidural and regional anesthesia. The choice made for you will be based on such factors as your health condition, the nature of surgery and your individual tolerance to medication. A frank and open communication with your anesthesiologist is the key to choosing the best type of anesthesia and therefore to successful surgery.