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Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Symptoms

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - How to prevent?

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Causes and Risk Factors

What are the types of anaesthesia?
1. General Anaesthesia
You will be rendered unconscious and have no awareness or sensation during the entire surgery. Heart surgery is performed under general anaesthesia.

2. Regional Anaesthesia
Your anaesthesiologist will inject local anaesthetic solution near a group of nerves to numb the part of your body that requires surgery. You may remain awake, or be given a sedative.

3. Local Anaesthesia
Some minor surgeries may only require injection of a local anaesthetic into the skin and tissues to numb the area where surgery is to be performed. Your anaesthesiologist, in consultation with the surgeon, will determine the most appropriate form of anaesthesia, taking into consideration your medical condition as well as your desires.

Your anaesthesiologist, in consultation with the surgeon, will determine the most appropriate form of anaesthesia, taking into consideration your medical condition as well as your desires.

What are the side effects and complications of anaesthesia?
Some common side effects that you may experience after anaesthesia include nausea, vomiting, sore throat, headache, giddiness, shivering, body aches and itching.

Less common complications include damage to teeth, lips and tongue, and hoarseness of voice. 
Extremely rare complications would include awareness during general anaesthesia, serious allergy to anaesthetic drugs, damage to eyes and nerves, and death.

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Diagnosis

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Treatments

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Post-surgery care

Anaesthesia for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Other Information

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