Preparing for Anesthesia
During a preoperative consultation in person or by telephone, a member of the anesthesia team will carefully evaluate you and your medical history and will inquire about your prescription and over-the-counter medications, allergies, and prior experiences with anesthesia. This health care provider will also inform you about the procedures associated with your surgery and discuss the anesthetic choices including their risks and benefits. In some cases, you may not meet your anesthesiologist until the day of surgery, but you will always have the opportunity to discuss your questions and concerns before the procedure.
Regardless of the type of surgery or anesthesia, your stomach must be empty at the time of your procedure for your safety. You should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your procedure with the exception of water and certain medications taken at least 2 hours pre-procedure.
Some medications and supplements, especially those which may thin your blood, need to be stopped 3 to 7 days before the procedure. You should discuss with your doctor which medications and supplements should be stopped.
During your Surgery
Your anesthesiologist is responsible for your comfort and well-being. He or she will lead a team that will monitor your vital signs, administer medications and fluids, and modulate essential functions like blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. Your anesthesiologist may also perform procedures to monitor your vitals signs, aid in your breathing, or administer fluids and medications.
After your Surgery
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will begin to recover from the effects of anesthesia and surgery. Your anesthesiologist continues to be responsible for your care in the recovery room. Here, the anesthesiologist directs specially trained nursing staff who monitor your condition and vital signs as you begin your recovery from surgery.
Post-operative Pain Control
Your comfort after surgery is a top priority for your anesthesiologist. There are a wide array of options for postoperative pain control. These include intravenous pain medication, oral pain medications, peripheral nerve blocks, and neuraxial anesthesia.
Ambulatory (or outpatient) surgery means that you will be going home after your procedure is done. It has proven to be safe and convenient. We use short-acting anesthetic drugs and specialized anesthetic techniques to ensure that you feel comfortable and well enough to go home at the conclusion of your procedure.
For any other questions or concerns regarding your anesthesia care, or to learn more about our practice, please contact our practice directly. David Greiff, Practice Coordinator, at 609-430-7174