Your anesthesiologist will consult with you before your procedure. He
will carefully tailor your anesthetic needs to your medical condition
and requirements of your surgery. Are you pregnant? Are you a senior citizen
or a child? Do you have allergies or hereditary disorders? These are questions
you may be asked to help determine the right course of action for your
anesthesiologist or CRNA to take. This is also your opportunity to ask
about any concerns you may have.
As you undergo your procedure, your anesthesia provider will monitor your
breathing and vital signs while controlling your pain and level of unconsciousness
to make conditions ideal for a safe and successful surgery. They will
continue to assess your condition and make necessary adjustments until
you regain full consciousness.
The medications you’ve been given can remain in your body for up
to 24 hours. To keep yourself and others safe during this period, it’s
important to avoid driving or operating equipment for 24 hours. Don’t
drink alcohol or take any medications unless prescribed by your doctor,
including over the counter drugs. These can interact adversely with the
anesthesia. We also recommend that you delay signing any legal documents
or making important decisions as you may be impaired mentally as well
as physically for a short period of time. Most importantly, your body
needs rest. Take the time to relax and let yourself recover.