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The most common type of anesthesia for beating heart bypass surgery is general anesthesia, which puts you into a deep sleep so you feel no pain or pressure during the procedure. While this eliminates pain felt during the surgery, certain risks and side effects are possible. Tell your healthcare team about any allergies or health conditions prior to receiving beating heart bypass surgery anesthesia.

Anesthesia for Beating Heart Bypass Surgery: An Overview

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during bypass surgery. For this procedure, general anesthesia is the most common type administered.
General anesthesia uses medications that put you into a deep sleep so that you are not aware of any pain, pressure, or movement.
You will first be given oxygen through a mask to breathe. Your anesthesiologist will then give you medicine through your IV that will cause you to feel relaxed and quickly drift off to sleep. After you are sound asleep, a breathing tube will be placed in the back of your throat to assist with your breathing throughout the operation. Your anesthesia care team will give you other medications through your IV as required during your procedure.
There are risks and side effects that can happen with anesthesia for beating heart bypass surgery. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your anesthesiologist before the beating heart bypass surgery. Be sure and tell him or her about any allergies or health conditions you have. This will help the anesthesiologist know how to take care of you during the surgery and if you will need any special attention.
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