If the surgery is scheduled for the morning, be ready after brushing your teeth. You will be taken to the operation theatre at the time, which will be informed the previous night.
If your surgery is scheduled for afternoon, you may be allowed tea/coffee and light breakfast early morning of the operation day.
Some medicines may be required to be taken by mouth on the morning of surgery with few sips of water and some injections may be administered prior to being taken to the operation theatre.
At the appointed time you will be taken to the operation theatre.
In the operation theatre the anesthetist would connect you to various monitors and check-up your heart, oxygen saturation and blood pressure.
Before starting the anesthesia, an intravenous line in the forearm will be taken to administer various medications.
As discussed previously you will be administered the anesthesia most suitable for you. If it is going to be Epidural anesthesia, you will be made to sit and your lower back will the cleansed with an antiseptic solution. Then after numbing your skin, a thin tube will be inserted in your back with the help of a special needle.
Once you are anaesthetised, a catheter may be put to ease passing urine.
The actual preparation for the operation consists of thorough cleansing of the area to be operated and covering it with sterile drapes.
Most of us are afraid of surgery, because we associate surgery with intense pain. Hence it is natural for the patient to know the intensity of pain after the surgery.
Generally, for surgery, Epidural anesthesia is preferred. This is continued for pain relief in the days following surgery.
Due to this advanced technique, the pain after the surgery is much reduced. Hence the patient does not require to take strong pain relieving medication.
Epidural anesthesia is a technique in which a very thin plastic tube is inserted in patient's back. Through this tube the anaesthetic agents are injected during Surgery. After the surgery, this tube is connected to a computerized infusion pump, which controls the dose of medication given to the patient for relief of pain. The concerned anesthetist will take the care of this equipment.
Our centre has performed the largest number of successful two knee surgeries in one sitting in India Some patients may prefer to get operated on both knee joints in one sitting. The fitness for the same has to be decided by joint consultation between the operating surgeon, the consultant physician and the anaesthetist.
The following will be the differences in their post operative management:
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