Cardiac thoracic surgery is always very serious, but many cardiothoracic procedures such as heart valve repairs and bypasses are carried out routinely by your surgeon and anaesthetist. Your anaesthetist will manage your pain relief and keep you safe during the operation.
You will meet your anaesthetist for a check up before the operation and then when you get the general anaesthetic that will keep you asleep and prevent any pain during the procedure. After your monitors and oxygen mask are set up, the anaesthetist will add the anaesthetic to your drip or breathing mask and you will drift off to sleep.
Anaesthesia will continue to be administered through your drip and as a gas through your oxygen mask during the operation. You might also be given an epidural for cardiothoracic surgery through a small tube into your spine. Your anaesthetist will monitor your condition throughout the procedure and give you a sedative and painkillers to help you to rest and recover once it is done.
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