- About Gallstones
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Questions and Complications
- About Hiatal Hernia
- Diagnosis and Testing
- Diagnosis Q and A
- Non-Surgical Treatment Options
- Treatment Options: Medication
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- When Is Surgery Necessary?
- Complications During Surgery
- Surgery Side Effects and Failure Rate
- General Preoperative Instructions
- Postoperative Expectations
- Postoperative Expectations: What to Expect at Home
What is a Hernia?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Open Surgery Versus Laparoscopy
- About Anesthesia
- Possible Complications
- Open Hernia Surgery Recovery FAQ
- Open Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
- Anti-Reflux Surgery
- Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
- Ventral Hernia
- About Inguinal Hernias
- Recovering from Laparoscopic Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Recovering from Open Hernia Repair: Patient Guide
- Patient Guide: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Patient Guide: Incisional, Umbilical and Ventral Hernias
- Patient Guide: Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Patient Guide: Achalasia
- Patient Guide: Diseases of the Spleen and Splenectomy
- Dietary Guidelines
- Activity Guidelines
- About Steroids
- About the Spleen
- When to Contact Us
Both laparoscopic and open splenectomy require general anesthesia. Patients are asleep and completely unaware of what the surgeons are doing. During the operation, a small tube is placed into the stomach via the mouth and another into the bladder. In addition, a standard breathing tube is placed into the windpipe. All these tubes are removed at the end of the procedure before the patient is fully conscious. Other than a possible sore throat, the patient does not know they were present during the operation.
Anesthesia is safe.
Most people are not afraid of the surgery itself but of anesthesia. This is a normal reaction, since they are completely out of control of the situation. However, this fear is not based on reality, since modern anesthetic techniques are extremely safe. Anesthesia is not a mystical trance you are placed in from which you may not wake up.
Anesthesia is a very controlled use of drugs to block certain body functions, such as muscle contraction, consciousness and pain. These drugs can be reversed by other drugs or by stopping their infusion into the veins. While the patient is under anesthesia, vital body functions are all monitored, including EKG, blood pressure, blood oxygen level and the amount of carbon dioxide in the breath. Therefore, anesthesia is so safe that there is really no need to be worried about it. It is safer than driving a car or flying in an airplane. People are anesthetized millions of times per day all over the world without problems.