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General Anesthesia

You will meet your anesthesiologist prior to your surgery. You may also receive a phone call and/or have a preoperative appointment to review preoperative instructions. The instructions that you receive are tailored to your specific needs so please adhere to them.

For more information regarding your anesthesia care from TAA, please click below for an information sheet (PDF opens in a new window).

What is General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia acts primarily on the brain and central nervous system. It is administered by a combination of gases you breathe in, and injected medications. Anesthesia is maintained with inhaled gas anesthetics and/or medications through an intravenous catheter ("IV"). Often, but not always, your anesthesiologist may insert a breathing tube or similar device to assist your breathing during your surgery. 


General anesthesia makes you completely unaware of your surroundings and of anything painful. Your anesthesiologist is there continuously, to ensure that you receive the appropriate dose of anesthesia.  

What are the risks?

All operations and anesthesia involve some degree of risk. The nature of your operation and your overall pre-operative condition are important factors that are considered when estimating the risks for your particular operative experience. Your anesthesiologist will review your specific risks, and prepare an anesthetic plan tailored for you.

Should I quit smoking?
Yes! Quitting before your surgery is going to improve your recovery and wound healing. We advise you to quit smoking as soon as you are able. Smoking is known to increase pulmonary complications, impair surgical wound healing, delay fracture healing, and increase the likelihood of infection. Best results are achieved if you are able to quit 6-8 weeks prior to surgery, however quitting at anytime is better for you and your overall health and we strongly encourage it. 

If you are ready to quit, please seek help with your primary care doctor, and/or access the resources below. 
Washington State Tobacco Quitline: 1-800-784-8669
Multicare Tobacco Cessation Help 

Where can I learn more about general anesthesia?

To learn more about general anesthesia, please visit: Anesthesia 101

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