Helping to ensure patient comfort by preventing and controlling nausea
While nausea and vomiting are fairly common side effects of anesthesia, the physicians at Anesthesia Associates of Lancaster use advances that continually reduce the post-surgical occurrence and severity of these side effects.
Factors Affecting a Patient's Susceptibility to Nausea and Vomiting
While not everyone experiences nausea or vomiting after surgery, certain risk factors may increase a patient's chance of having postoperative nausea and vomiting. These include:
- Being a female
- Being a nonsmoker
- Having a history of motion sickness
- Having a past experience of postoperative nausea and vomiting or a surgical procedure that takes more than 30 minutes
- Receiving general anesthesia using nitrous oxide or opium-based drugs for pain
Risks of Nausea and Vomiting After Surgery
Patients that experience a bad reaction to their anesthesia can vomit and expel levels of fluids that can cause dehydration and result in low levels of electrolytes and minerals in their system. Repeated vomiting can create soreness, impact surgical incisions as well as tearing the lining of the tissue at the end of your esophagus. All of these problems can be treated.
How We Help to Prevent Nausea
Our physicians are experienced in preventing nausea caused by anesthesia drugs. We:
- Use the latest intravenous medications that can be administered at the first sign of nausea to control the symptoms and prevent vomiting.
- Can provide special medications prior to surgery that will prevent or greatly reduce nausea and vomiting. These medications are important to take as prescribed to assure the proper effect.
- Can also give you anti-nausea drugs during your surgery.
- Provide anti-nausea medications at the end of a surgical procedure to help prevent nausea during the early part of a patient's recovery from anesthesia.
How You Can Help Prevent Nausea and Vomiting
The following advice from our anesthesiologists describes what patients can do to help avoid nausea and vomiting.
- Tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist about all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
- Tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
- Do not eat anything for at least 6 to 8 hours before your surgery or procedure if you are having general anesthesia.
- Do not drink anything for at least two hours before your procedure.
- Take all medications per your doctor's directions.
- Give yourself adequate recovery time.
We Look Forward to Assisting You
If you have questions or require additional information please call us at 717-394-9821.