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Published: May 29, 2007
Updated: June 30, 2010
Many patients have questions, concerns, or fears about surgery and anesthesia. Talking with your health-care team can alleviate many of your concerns.
The anesthesiology team will explain to you what you can expect before, during, and after surgery. Our goal is to preserve your safety and dignity throughout the course of your hospital care.
Some commonly asked questions include:
You will be called the day before your surgery to be given a time to arrive at the hospital the day of your surgery. You should go to the main lobby (third level).
When the time is close, the receptionist will call for you and escort you to your bed space. You will be given a gown and slipper socks. The nurse will take your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.
Give all of your valuables to your family or the responsible person with you.
You will get one shot with a very small needle by the nurse. After the nurse has finished, make sure you empty your bladder.
You will meet the anesthesia team, which consists of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and an anesthesiologist. You will sign an anesthesia permit after all your questions have been answered.
You will now leave the room by stretcher and go to the Preoperative Holding Room. You will have an IV placed by the anesthesia team. Local anesthesia will be used to start your IV. We feel this makes starting the IV less painful.
Next, you will receive an antibiotic ordered by your surgeon. You will then go to the operating room. Your anesthesia team will inform you of everything we are doing to facilitate a safe anesthetic.
A number of monitors will be placed. EKG to trace your heart, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter on your finger to measure the oxygen in your blood, BIS monitor pad on your forehead. This measures your brain waves and indicates the depth of anesthesia. This pad is prickly when it is applied.
Now, we will ask you to breathe oxygen by a clear plastic mask. We will start to give you medications through your IV, that will start to make you feel sleepy.
Then you will receive medicine through your IV that will put you off to sleep. The anesthesia team will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, and depth of your anesthesia while you are asleep.
Once you meet the anesthesia team, we will be with you continuously until we take you to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). At that time, we will report your care to the nurse in PACU.
While you are asleep, the anesthesia team will be your advocate. We will protect your privacy and dignity. We will give you anti nausea medicine while you are asleep to help prevent nausea. We will keep you warm while you are asleep with a special warming blanket. We will monitor your temperature while you are asleep.
A catheter will be placed in your bladder in the operating room, after you are asleep.
After you wake up, we will place an oxygen mask on your face to make sure you get enough oxygen while you wake up.
The post-anesthesia nurse will stay with you in the recovery room. He or she will monitor you and keep you warm, as well as give you pain medication and anything else you need.
We will monitor your recovery in the post-anesthesia recovery room. We will visit you the next day to check on your recovery.
This is an attempt to let you know what to expect. This process may have additions, we will keep you informed and answer your questions to your satisfaction.
Remember, you are the most important member of our team. The information you bring to us about your health history will help guide our anesthesia plan for you.
We look forward to meeting you and delivering your anesthesia, care for your surgery.