What will the procedure involve?


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You will be given custom-tailored anesthesia by specialized doctors and nurses. Before you are brought to the operating room, you may be offered medication to control anxiety.

Your care will start by fitting devices to monitor your vital functions:

  • Heart: patches connected to a screen will be attached to your chest.
  • Blood pressure: a cuff will be wrapped around one of your arms.
  • Breathing: a sensor will be placed on the tip of one of your fingers.

Medication to induce general anesthesia is administered intravenously. To ensure a good oxygen supply to your lungs, the anesthesiologist will ask you to breathe through a mask. During the operation, most people are given artificial breathing assistance. There are two types of assistance: an oxygen mask placed over the mouth and nose and a device inserted into your mouth and respiratory tract (laryngeal mask or endotracheal tube). These devices will be placed during anesthesia. While you are under the anesthetic, an anesthesia professional will monitor your vital functions, including your heart and lungs. The anesthesia will be adapted to your needs.

Once the surgical procedure has ended, medication will no longer be administered, which will lead to your awakening. You will be monitored continuously in the recovery room.

Report any discomfort to the care team.

Note : the doctor responsible for anesthesia during your operation will not necessarily be the person you met during the consultation appointment. However, he/she will have all the information required for your care. He/she may suggest modifying the planned anesthesia technique if necessary.

For your safety, your identity, the type of operation scheduled and the surgical site (the part of the body to be operated on) will be verified several times during your stay. It is crucial that you cooperate actively with these checks.

Last update : 02/12/2019