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Patient's Fequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 

Who do I call for any type of medical emergency?
Who is the anesthesia care team?
How will my condition be assessed before anesthesia?
Should I take my usual medications?
What will happen before my surgery?
What will happen during my surgery?
What type of anesthesia is used?
What can I expect after the procedure until I go home?
What about eating or drinking before my anesthesia?
What about smoking before my anesthesia?

 

Who do I call for any type of medical emergency?
Dial 911 in case you have a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

 

Who is the anesthesia care team?
The anesthesia care team takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery. They will talk to you before your procedure, administer and monitor the anesthetic during the procedure, and stay with you throughout your procedure to keep you safe and comfortable.

 

How will my condition be assessed before anesthesia?
Prior to surgery, a member of the anesthesia care team will assess your medical and anesthetic risk to select the anesthetics that ensure maximum safety and comfort to meet your unique needs. They will review your previous anesthetic experiences, medical conditions, allergies, and medications, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, herbal products, caffeine and alcohol as these may affect the way your medicine works. This is a good time to ask any questions, and share any concerns you may have.

The questions asked during the assessment will often be the same as the ones asked by your surgeon, and possibly your primary care physician. This is a redundancy that is built into the system for your safety. The information you supply helps your medical team provide you with targeted medical care that can help you make you more confident about your preparation, and recovery from anesthesia and your procedure.

 

Should I take my usual medications?
You may be given instructions by your surgeon or your anesthesia care team about what medications to continue or stop before your procedure, and it is important that the instructions be followed.

 

What will happen before my surgery?
Before going into the operating room, an intravenous (IV) line will be started to provide you with fluids and medications during your procedure. Once in the operating room, monitoring devices will be attached to monitor your vital signs and control your level of consciousness during your procedure.

 

What will happen during my surgery?
Your anesthesia care provider will be with you at all times during your procedure to control the level of consciousness, monitor your vital signs and ensure your safety and comfort. Anesthesia is maintained until the procedure is over, and your anesthesia care provider to be with you until you wake up.

When you wake from the anesthesia, you will be moved to the recovery area and monitored closely by specially trained nurses.

 

What type of anesthesia is used?
The drug propofol is used to sedate patients during procedures because it offers many advantages over other drugs including a rapid onset of about 40 seconds, and a short duration of action allowing patients to wake up, recover and return to baseline activities and diet sooner than other sedation agents. It also reduces the need for opioids which mean less nausea and vomiting.

Propofol is administered by a member of your anesthesia care team who will monitor you during and after the procedure.

 

What can I expect after the procedure until I go home?
After receiving anesthesia you must arrange for a ride home after the procedure, and ideally have a responsible adult stay with you at home for the first 24 hours or so after the procedure. After-effects of the anesthesia are expected to be minimal or gone before you go home, but driving is prohibited.

 

What about eating or drinking before my anesthesia?
As a general rule, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure. Under some circumstances you may be given permission to drink clear liquids up to a few hours before your anesthesia. Instructions will be provided to you by your surgeon or anesthesia care team.

 

What about smoking before my anesthesia?
Refrain from smoking after midnight before your procedure..

 

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