Frequently Asked Questions

Should I take my usual medicines?

Many medicines can and should be taken while others should not. It is important to discuss this issue with your surgeon or anesthesia provider in order to prevent any adverse effects. Do not interrupt any medication unless you receive instructions to do so from your surgeon or anesthesia provider.

Are there risks with Anesthesia?

All surgeries and all anesthetics have some risk associated with them. These risks depend upon many factors, like your medical condition and the type of surgery you are having. Fortunately, adverse events are extremely rare. Keep in mind that your anesthesia provider will do everything they can to reduce or eliminate any potential risks by always putting safety first.

If you have any specific conditions or past medical history, we encourage you to consult your anesthesia provider prior to your surgery.

Who will be doing my anesthesia?

Your anesthesia will be administered by highly trained CRNAs and/or an anesthesiologist. All our anesthesia staff is board certified or eligible, with many years of experience. Your anesthesia provider will prepare you for your procedure and stay with you assuring your comfort and safety throughout the surgery. They will accompany you to the recovery area and assure your safe transition to the receiving recovery nurse.

What are the side affects of anesthesia?

After your surgery it is not uncommon to experience drowsiness, pain or nausea.

Depending on the anesthetic technique used for your surgery, you may experience some residual drowsiness that can last a few hours or days. It is very important that you bring someone to drive you home. It is recommended that for 24 hours following your surgery, you should not drive, operate any machinery, sign any legal documents or drink alcohol.

Depending on your surgery you can experience some residual pain after your surgery. The amount of discomfort you experience can depend on the type and length of the surgery. The staff at the surgery facility is experienced at making you comfortable and will work towards that goal.

Nausea after surgery (Post-Operative-Nausea-Vomiting) is not as common as it used to be. Improved anesthetic techniques and more effective anti-nausea medicines have enabled our success against nausea. We will do everything we can to avoid or greatly reduce nausea after your surgery.

If you have any special considerations or concerns please consult your anesthesia provider prior to your surgery.

Why can’t I eat or drink before surgery?

The primary reason is safety. Having food or liquid in your stomach at the time of surgery can put you at risk of aspirating these contents into your lungs, which could be life threatening.