General Anesthesia

What are the risks of general anesthesia?

All medical procedures involve risks, even when they are performed by experts. The rate and severity of these risks depend on your state of health, age or general lifestyle.

The anesthesia techniques used are safe. The risks of unexpected and potentially lifethreatening complications such as an allergy or severe heart or lung problem are extremely small. All necessary measures will be taken to prevent and treat any complications in the best possible way.

However, the following complications could occur:

What is general anesthesia?

This is a technique used to eliminate pain during a surgical, obstetrical or medical procedure (endoscopy, radiology, etc.). It is induced by injecting medication or inhaling anesthetic vapors.

These substances put you into a state comparable to very deep sleep.

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General Anesthesia

Frequently-Asked Questions

The anesthesiologist has decided on general anesthesia with you. This document presents an overview of important information you were given during the pre-anesthesia appointment.

Anesthesiology

Mission

Mission of the Anesthesiology Division 

  • Ensure the comfort and safety of patients during medical or surgical procedures
  • Take responsibility in anesthesiology by providing post-graduate training to specialist nurses and doctors
  • Ensure pain relief management for women in labor      
  • Reduce, in collaboration with surgical teams, the physiological and psychological effects of surgical procedures and other medical procedures throughout the treatment and during the first 24 hours             
  • Manage, within the framework of a collaboration with the Health Brigade, intra-hospital life-threatening emergencies, and participate in pre-hospital emergency care for the canton of Geneva                
  • Participate in pain treatment from the moment the patient leaves the recovery room under the medical responsibility of the heads of the Surgery Division according to the negotiated delegation of powers           
  • Participate in the management of chronic pain, by offering the interventional pain relief services in collaboration with other medical teams        
  • Develop research contributing to innovations in anesthesiology         
  • Support innovations in other medical specialties by contributing to patient comfort and safety