Having to undergo surgery is often very daunting for adults, but the experience can be even more trying for children. Fortunately, there are a variety of steps that medical professionals can take to help minimize a patient's discomfort. The application of anesthesia is a common and very important part of the modern surgical process. While the use of anesthesia is generally considered safe, anesthesiologists should always take proper precautions. It is often appropriate for younger patients to be monitored very closely.
There are three primary kinds of anesthesia: general, local and regional. The type of anesthesia that is administered is dependent on the patient's needs. Local anesthesia and regional anesthesia are used to numb an area of the body which is going to receive treatment. In contrast, the idea behind general anesthesia is to render the patient unconscious during the procedure.
If your child is a candidate for surgery, and the doctor recommends general anesthesia, it is very important that the anesthesiologist be informed about your child's health prior to the operation. This means you will be providing information about the child's conditions or illnesses. You should also tell the anesthesiologist about any allergies your child may have as well as about any medications or supplements he or she is taking.
It is very important for the anesthesiologist to pay close attention when gathering information about your child. It is possible that if something is overlooked, your child could have a negative reaction during the surgical procedure.
If you have a child who has been harmed because of an anesthesia error, you may wish to discuss the matter with a Montana medical malpractice attorney. The attorney could go over your child's medical records to help you determine if it was a case of negligence. The attorney could also assess the long-term severity of any injuries suffered by your child and the level of compensation needed to offset current and future medical expenses.