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Before and during aortic valve replacement anesthesia will be required. The use of anesthesia for aortic valve replacement surgery is an important part of the procedure. The most commonly used anesthesia for aortic valve replacement is general anesthesia.

Aortic Valve Replacement Anesthesia: An Overview

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during an aortic valve replacement. For aortic valve replacement surgery, general anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia 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 very pleasantly 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 many risks and side effects associated with anesthesia. Therefore, it is important that you talk with your anesthesiologist before the aortic valve replacement 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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