Anaesthesia

13 September 2004

Reversal of anaesthesia

When the surgeon has completed the operation your anaesthetist will withdraw the anaesthetic gases, will reverse any muscle relaxation and will ensure that you have sufficient analgesia so that you do not wake up in pain.

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When the surgeon has completed the operation your anaesthetist will withdraw the anaesthetic gases that have been keeping you asleep, will reverse any muscle relaxation with antagonist drugs, and will ensure that you have sufficient analgesia so that you do not wake up in pain.

When you are nearly fully recovered, the airway or endotracheal tube will be removed. Only when he or she is sure that you are safely on the way to recovery will your anaesthetist supervise your transfer from the operating table to the theatre trolley, and you will be transferred to the Recovery Room. Unless the operation has been very short it will be unlikely that you will be able to recall any of this.

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