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Bariatric surgery is performed under general anesthesia. With this kind of anesthesia, you will sleep through the procedure and be unaware of the operation. Your surgeon will work with an anesthesiologist to carefully monitor you throughout the surgery to ensure that the anesthesia is safe for you. It’s natural to have some questions and concerns about general anesthesia if you have never experienced it before. Here is some information you need to know.

General anesthesia is used for your comfort.

When you get general anesthesia, the nerve signals between your brain and body are disrupted, so that you don’t feel any pain or have any memory of the procedure. This makes it comfortable for you to undergo invasive procedures without any pain. When you get general anesthesia, you will receive medicine through an IV and often will breathe through a mask or tube as well. Most people fall asleep very quickly. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will ensure that you are completely under before your surgery begins.

You will be monitored throughout the procedure.

Patients can rest assured that they are being closely monitored by a team of medical professionals throughout their surgeries. An anesthesiologist will be in the operating room to focus exclusively on the way you are reacting to the anesthesia, including monitoring your breathing, heart rates, oxygen level, kidney and body functions in general. He or she will make any necessary adjustments to your anesthesia during the procedure based on these findings.

You may experience some side effects after surgery.

Most people feel groggy after having anesthesia. Some people also experience nausea, sore throats, headaches, and shivering after anesthesia. After your procedure, you will go to a recovery room, where post-surgical nurses will monitor you and make you as comfortable as possible. You can reduce the risk of post-surgical nausea by following your preparation instructions provided by your doctor.

The team at the Bariatric Care Centers is available to answer all of your questions about what to expect before, during, and after your weight loss surgery in Houston. To learn more about our weight loss services, please call 713-339-1353.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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