Members of the Care Team
How should I prepare for my procedure?
It is important that you provide your primary clinical provider with a list of all medications and herbal supplements you are taking and discuss any allergies, heart problems or reactions to anesthesia you experienced in the past. An anesthesiologist will review your medical history and consult with your clinical provider so he or she can provide guidance regarding:
- When and what you can eat and drink prior to the procedure
- Instructions regarding which medications to take prior to the procedure
You should also try and stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol in the days prior to your procedure.
What can I expect on the day of my procedure?
Your anesthesia care team will provide for your safety and comfort during and immediately after your procedure, while helping provide optimal conditions for your procedure. Prior to your procedure, your anesthesiologist will perform an in-depth medical history and physical exam, order or review lab tests and diagnose any potential risks to prescribe an appropriate anesthesia care plan for you.
Your anesthesiologist will perform your anesthesia and you will remain under his or her care during your procedure and recovery. Patients undergoing general anesthesia are monitored throughout their procedure with sophisticated medical equipment. With these devices your anesthesia clinicians can monitor your vital signs, breathing, blood oxygen level, lung carbon dioxide levels and the concentration of inhaled and exhaled anesthetic gases.
If you’ve undergone a surgery, your recovery room stay and pain control will be directed by your anesthesiologist. When your pain is controlled and you meet criteria to leave the recovery room, you will be discharged to home or to your hospital room.
What do I need to know after my procedure?
The physician who conducted your procedure will offer recommendations regarding when you can begin eating or drinking again and will prescribe pain medication as needed once you leave the recovery area.
If you plan on going home following your procedure, you must have a responsible adult drive you and stay with you for the entire evening. You must not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24-hours following anesthesia.