Anesthesia

What to expect regarding your anesthesia.

Are there different kinds of sedation or anesthesia?


Yes. There are five different categories of sedation and anesthesia: conscious sedation, general, regional, monitored anesthesia care and local anesthesia. Regardless of the type of sedation or anesthesia that you receive, special anesthetic agents and techniques are used to provide a safe and speedy recovery. If there are alternative choices available for your surgery, and often there are, your physician or anesthesia provider will discuss them with you before surgery.


May I request the type of anesthesia I will receive?


Depending on the type of surgery, there may be anesthetic options. Your physician or anesthesia provider will discuss available options with you after reviewing your medical history.


Will I receive any sedatives before surgery?


You, your surgeon and your anesthesia provider will together develop an anesthetic care plan. This plan may include preoperative sedation and other medications if necessary.


What are the risks of anesthesia?


All surgical procedures and all anesthetics have risks. These risks are dependent upon many factors, including the type of surgery and the medical condition of the patient. Your anesthesiologist will assess you preoperatively and every precaution will be taken to minimize your risk. We routinely see minor symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, sore throat, dizziness, tiredness, headache and muscle aches and pain, most of which are easily treated. Please feel free to discuss any questions with your anesthesia provider.


Will I be billed separately by the anesthesiologist?


Yes. You will receive a separate bill from your anesthesia provider if anesthesia was administered.


Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?


It is important to refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents (complication related to vomiting) during your surgery. This complication may be very serious. Specific instructions based on national safety standards will be provided to you prior to your procedure. It is very important that you follow the provided instructions. If you do not, your surgery may be delayed or cancelled.