General Anesthesia Experience: You Should Know It!

Are you about to have major surgery? I just then. This is my experience with general anaesthesia, this is how it works and you really need to know!

When I recently felt a lump in my chest, I didn’t think I’d have to have surgery on it. Soon I find myself on the operating table and ask the anesthesiologist, “How fast is the injection?” He smiles at me, I see the white liquid injected into the venous tract.

And boom, after 3 seconds it’s already gone.

But let’s look at it in detail.

Today I would like to explain to you how the anesthesia felt, how long it worked, how it felt afterwards and much more. You can find everything you need to know about it here.

This is my experience with general anaesthesia!

You will find in this post

Preparations for general anesthesia

So here I am, in my clothes, waiting at the lock for it to start. Anxious, excited or panicked? No, I don’t feel this at all before general anaesthesia. Instead of relaxation, calm and focus. Although I haven’t taken any relaxation pills.

The time is now 3:25 pm.

A nurse pushes a single bed into the operating table. Because I am very physically fit, I am allowed to crawl from bed to sun lounger. “Now I’m going to remove a camisole and cover her with two fluffy blankets,” she told me.

With a flick of her wrist she takes off the dress and already covers me with the first blanket. The second blanket comes right after that. Excellent, because my feet are freezing. It feels so good that I instantly feel more relaxed. Blankets are heated in a special box. A wonderful feeling.

Now two more people entered the locked room. “Okay, let’s do it!” A man pushes the chair through a double door.

Now she can begin my experiment with general anaesthesia.

I stare at the ceiling, blinded by two surgical lights. There are four people around me. I don’t know who the doctor, anesthesiologist or assistant is. I hardly have time to look around either.

Only one thing immediately caught my attention: as you know from many films and series, the room is covered with light green tiles. I ask myself why at this moment and plan to google later.

The ex man asks me to extend my arms to the sides. There are two armrests here that I have to put my arms on. Fixed with velcro closure. Kind of spooky.

A bag of table salt is now attached to the vein path and a second, smaller bag. As I will learn later, this is a pain reliever that is given directly to me.

My experience with general anesthesia

So much is happening in such a short time that I have no way to worry. I am still very satisfied. Only the light in the operating room bothers me a little, but that will change soon.

“are you ready?”. “Yes. How fast does the anesthetic work?” A watch hangs to my right. I’ll take a quick look. 3:37 pm “In 5 seconds you will be asleep.”

Then he takes a large syringe (without a needle) and runs it into my veins.

I see the syringe emptying itself with a milky white liquid under constant pressure. Even before it goes blank, I feel a little weird.

How do you feel when you get anesthetic?

If you are given a general anesthetic, you will feel dizzy at first. As after a round trip it only takes a few seconds. I feel like there is something hot in my mouth. As if I just ate a radish that just started to rise out of my nose.

3, 2, 1 – everything turns out. I went. Just hang up the phone without having time to take a deep breath or respond in any way.

I’m just imagining a breathing tube being inserted into the windpipe. Fortunately I didn’t understand any of that. However, it is very important to have the tube inserted, because you cannot breathe on your own under general anesthesia.

full monitoring

My bodily functions are constantly monitored during the procedure. The electrocardiogram measures the heartbeat, and I have a sensor on my finger that determines the oxygen content in the blood. On the upper arm there is a cuff that monitors blood pressure.

With constant monitoring, it is almost impossible to wake up under general anesthesia. In general, general anesthesia is considered very safe. There is hardly anyone harmed by it. A total of ten million general anesthetics are performed in Germany each year, according to the website of the German Society of Anesthesiology.

Do you dream under the influence of general anesthesia?

You may dream while you’re under anesthesia, according to doctors’ websites. But this is not often the case. I just can’t remember anything at all and just fainted completely. I certainly didn’t dream about anything. The last thing I remember is feeling dizzy before the operation and tired afterwards.

What is the duration of anesthesia?

I sleep deeply from 3:37 pm to 6 pm. My operation took 30 minutes. Depending on the dose, the anesthesia lasts longer or shorter. It also varies slightly from person to person.

Just as important as trying general anesthesia is to tell you something about your recovery phase.

I’m just lying there feeling more tired than I’ve been in a long time. I can just look at the clock before I drift off again. It’s 6:01 p.m.

I spend the next 45 minutes constantly waking up and sleeping. My blood pressure is measured every 15 minutes with a mechanical cuff. Inflates and then deflates slowly. This makes me wake up and then go right back to sleep. Then a beep will sound in the background.

After a while a nurse comes to me. She asks me about my condition and whether I am in pain. I can hardly get a sentence before I return to my twilight state. I can’t even estimate how long this will take. I have absolutely no sense of time.

the awakening

At 6:45 p.m. I felt halfway friendly for the first time and realized I was dressed again, lying on a comfortable, covered bed. “Are you okay? Do you have pain?” In fact, my left breast is very curvy and variable.

This is a tube with a small bag hanging from my chest. “The hose might bother you. You have to stay until noon tomorrow,” she explains to me. “Do you want something for pain?” I nodded and a small bag of painkillers was already inserted into an intravenous drip.

How cute.

I woke up from a storm and torrential rain and the woman who is now lying with me in the recovery room. She underwent an emergency caesarean section and is worried about her baby. I don’t get much more than that. I fell asleep again.

When I wake up again, I get a little scared. what time is it? I have to inform my loved ones. You must be worried. Has my little garden survived the storm? It’s exciting to see what goes through your head after an operation like this.

Waking up in the room after general anaesthesia

Around 7:15 pm I go back to my room. I still feel a little dizzy. When a nice guy puts me in the room, the nurse comes around the corner with a jug of water.

I am very thirsty and look forward to the first sip.

“Drink slowly and always in small amounts. Most have stomach nausea after general anaesthesia, and some are vomiting.” Of course I follow this advice. After 10 minutes and a half a glass of water, my stomach makes a loud rumble. I was not allowed to eat anything throughout the day and was only allowed to drink very little.

The next course is herbal tea. Oh how does this smell. And when I feel ready, I can eat a few pieces of crusty bread. I feel ready and ate 6 slices of it.

nausea? No, I cannot clearly confirm this in my experience with general anaesthesia. My stomach is neither upset nor sick. I’m just hungry and I’m calling the nurse. I inquire if I can have something else to eat.

And lo and behold, 5 minutes later I get my pasta and salad. Tasty!

First steps after anesthesia

Then my bladder informed that I urgently needed to go to the toilet. Standing alone is now forbidden, so call a nurse.

She explains that I can get up on my own at night, but I always have to carry the little bag in my left hand that collects blood and exudes. “Just imagine that this is a small bag,” she jokes, and the idea actually helps me.

The first steps on your foot feel shaky and unfamiliar. The nurse holds my arm and protects me. She helped me sit on the toilet and then leave the room. How practical it is not to wear any underwear after the operation, I think to myself.

After rinsing, I go to the sink, where I stop for a moment and look in the mirror. I look very, very tired. I go back to bed, lie on my back and take care of the WhatsApp messages I received. A total of one hour pass. Now I feel fit enough to brush my teeth. Everything works without any problems.

The first night

We sleep at 9:35 pm. I wake up every two to three hours at night. I don’t know exactly why. I have no pain and everything else is fine. After about 10 minutes I can always fall asleep again.

In the middle of the night, a nurse wakes me up and asks about my condition. And it’s particularly common: She has a blood clot syringe with her. This is administered to me in the thigh.

And honestly, this was the worst part of the hospital all along. The puncture site will burn badly for a full 10 minutes. It really means to be woken up that way.

I have to stay in the hospital until noon the next morning. After breakfast, I take a nap – just great. I haven’t felt this relaxed in a long time. The cyst is then removed along with the tube and the area covered with a large plaster.

I now feel fit enough to wash the cleanser off my body with a piece of cloth. Fortunately, this works well with soap. I pack my things and go home, where I sleep on the sofa for another two hours in the afternoon.


The operation under general anesthesia is very comfortable. You feel nothing, hear nothing, and simply do not notice anything. The worst part for me was that I wasn’t allowed to eat anything for a long time. Approximately 24 hours passed between the last and the first bite. In the evening at 10 am I ate another pizza. In the morning I was only allowed to drink a sip of water, the rest was given to me by injection.

Oh yeah, and injecting the clot wasn’t funny either – but what it should be, it should be. In general, my experience with general anesthesia and the memory of the procedure are very positive. No need to be afraid of it, you can do it easily!

All the best to you and good health!

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