Nothing to Fear: Ways to Prepare for Anesthesia


For most patients, injection of anesthesia is the scariest part of a surgery or invasive procedure. Many fear the possible side effects of the anesthetic and its effectivity–thinking the drug may not be enough to remove all pain during the operation. Medical experts and some anesthesia management companies assure, however, that patients have nothing to fear. The science of anesthesia has improved in recent years, reducing the risks and side effects and increasing the options for a painless, anxiety-free surgery.

If you’ll be undergoing surgery or other medical procedure that requires the use of anesthetics, here’s what you need to do to prepare for it:


Don’t Panic

One of the top reasons many people fear anesthesia is death. According to experts, however, the chance of dying in a car crash is forty times greater than from an anesthetic. Anesthesia has become very safe because of more advanced techniques and better monitoring administered by certified anesthesiologists from anesthesia companies.

Don’t Cheat on Food and Drink Orders

Your doctor or anesthesiologist will provide you clear instructions about eating and drinking before and after your surgery. It’s important to follow these. As a general rule, you shouldn’t eat anything eight hours before your operation. If you vomit while under an anesthetic, the contents may get into your lungs, which can be dangerous.

Tell the Doctor about Your Medical History

Tell your doctor about any past surgeries and give information about the names and doses of all drugs you take. If you’ve experienced problems with anesthesia before, including nausea and sore throat, speak up. It’s also important to pass along any known family history of complications.

Ask Questions

Meet with your anesthesiologist and ask all questions before heading into the operating room. Learn about the anesthetic you will get. Depending on the types of surgery you’ll undergo, you may have a choice between regional or general anesthesia.

By preparing yourself and following the instructions of your doctor, you can ease your anxiety with anesthesia and help make your operation more successful.

About Eleanor Sharp
Eleanor Sharp is the author of AGSE Law. As a paralegal, she has worked with attorneys in many fields to ensure their clients get the best advice and representation. She is passionate about helping people understand the complexities of the legal system so they can make better decisions for themselves. Eleanor loves reading, travel, and spending time with her family. She hopes her articles will help others navigate life’s legal intricacies with confidence.