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Your doctor has requested that we provide anesthesia care for your procedure. A registered nurse or an anesthesia provider will either call or meet with you prior to your procedure. During this time he/she will review your medical history, discuss the types of anesthesia options available, and answer any questions that you may have.
Remember not to have anything to eat or drink for
8 hours before your procedure.
You may be instructed to take certain medications that may benefit you during your anesthetic. (Medications for your heart or blood pressure) In this case, you may take your pills with a sip of water. You may also be instructed to stop medications such as blood thinners. If you are being treated by a cardiologist, you will need to contact him/her to be sure that it is safe to stop your anticoagulant therapy.
Pre-Procedure: When you arrive for your procedure, we will have you sign a consent for anesthesia. If your procedure is covered by insurance, we will bill your insurance directly. You will only be responsible for charges in accordance with your insurance plan. Financial arrangements will be made with those patients whose procedures are not covered by insurance. The medications and methods for administering anesthesia carry lower risks of nausea and vomiting than older agents. If you are prone to nausea, please inform your anesthesia provider so that we can take further precautions to decrease that possibility.
During Procedure: We will start an I.V. to administer medications to relax you and make you comfortable during the procedure. We will monitor your heart rate/rhythm, blood pressure, and oxygen level throughout the procedure. Your anesthesia provider will constantly monitor you during the anesthetic. For minor procedures, you may be ready for discharge within 30 to 60 minutes after your procedure. Longer procedures may require 1-2 hours of recovery time.
Post-Procedure: After the procedure, you will need a responsible adult to take you home. Although you will be awake and alert enough to leave the facility after your procedure, anesthesia medications may stay in your system for up to 24 hours. Please arrange for someone to care for your children/family on the day of your procedure. You are not to drive a car, drink alcohol or make any important decisions for 24 hours after the anesthetic. You can eat and drink when you arrive home after the procedure. We recommend that you begin with light, bland food and drink, and progress your diet as tolerated.