- Is there any chance of waking up during surgery?
- In the past, there were cases where patients could feel pain during surgery because of awareness during general anesthesia caused by insufficiency of anesthesiologist or equipment. But with improvement of anesthetic drugs and equipment and residence of an anesthesiologist, you don’t have to worry about this now.
- What if I don’t wake from the anesthetic?
- There’s no reason for anxiety with our highly experienced anesthesiologist and surgeon. But slower recovery is possible depending on the patients’ state like general prostration, a cardiac disorder, a lung disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
We do our best to block such possibility through pre-surgery examination, preparation and consultation.
- Is it OK to sleep after surgery?
- This phenomenon happens because of remaining anesthetic drugs or insufficient sleep due to tension before surgery. To resolve this, you need to take a deep breath after surgery to emit anesthetic gas remaining in your lung.
- Does it hurt after waking from the anesthetic?
- We use PCA(Patient Controlled Analgesia) to lessen postoperative pain of patients effectively.
This equipment injects a predefined amount of painkiller to a patient in a specified interval and automatically adds the amount depending on the pain intensity. It has a control system, which makes worries about overdose unnecessary.
- From when can I eat after surgery?
- Typically, you may drink water after 2 hours in case of hypnoanesthesia, and after 4~6 hours in case of general anesthesia. It takes this amount of time to regain consciousness and show natural physiological phenomenon.
You drink water first and if it’s fine you are allowed to gradually eat, starting from liquid food.
- Do arms and feet go numb after surgery?
- Some patients report of numbness when the anesthesia wears off after surgery.
This is caused by stiff muscles due to the tension during and after surgery. Moving your body slightly is helpful for this.