Anesthesia and Hysterectomy
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Anesthesia is a reversible loss of sensation used during your hysterectomy to make sure you have a painfree and comfortable surgery experience. Anesthesia has two different categories: General anesthesia and local anesthesia.
Local anesthetics is a reversible loss of sensation for a limited region of the body while maintaining consciousness. General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep so you do not feel pain during surgery. When you receive general anesthesia you will not be aware of what is happening around you. Either or both of these anesthesia types may be used during your hysterectomy.
Types of Anesthesia
There are three main types of anesthesia: local, regional, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia dose not render you unconscious, is used to stop pain sensations in a specific part of the body, and does not penetrate very deeply nor cover a wide area. Regional anesthesia, such as spinal or epidural, is used to stop pain sensations for a portion of the body, and typically involves a local anesthetic injected near nerve clusters that provide feeling for the area where surgery will be performed. General anesthesia will put you in an unconscious state for your hysterectomy.
Read more about the Different Types of Anesthesia.
Anesthesia Choices for Hysterectomy
In most cases, there are multiple options for anesthesia during a hysterectomy; however, certain procedures are best done using specific methods of anesthesia. Your options will depend on your circumstances, surgeon, and anesthesiologist.
The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) during your hysterectomy could limit your anesthesia choices the most. CO2 is used during laparoscopic procedures to inflate the abdominal area, giving your surgeon more room to see and work through small incisions. During this type of surgery, surgeons usually tilt the table head down and use a muscle relaxant to relax your muscles. The combination of the distention, table position, and muscle relaxants can inhibit breathing. To counter this, an endotracheal tube with general anesthesia may be the best anesthesia option for this type of procedure. If you will be having another type of hysterectomy, you may have more choices for anesthesia.
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