FAQ

  I have some questions and concerns I would like to discuss with the Anesthesiologist before the day of my surgery.
 
  Why do I need to not eat or drink after midnight prior to my surgery?
 
  Why do I need to have preadmission testing?
 
  Which of my medicines should I continue or stop before surgery?
 
  What is the anesthesia care team?
 
  What is done to help limit or prevent nausea after my procedure?

 

I have some questions and concerns I would like to discuss with the Anesthesiologist before the day of my surgery.

The simplest thing to do is to ask to speak to the anesthesiologist when you come in for preoperative testing.  The other option is to call our office in the hospital and ask to speak with one of us.   (609-267-0700 extension 43460)

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Why do I need to not eat or drink after midnight prior to my surgery?

For safety reasons it is very important to have an empty stomach prior to receiving any type of anesthesia.  The danger is if there are stomach contents, it may be possible for them to be aspirated into the lungs which is very serious.  If the proper fast is not observed, your surgery may have to be re-scheduled.

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Why do I need to have preadmission testing?

In the case of the larger procedures and in patients with very significant medical problems it is important to be as certain as possible that the patient is in the best possible condition before going ahead.  If something important needs attention in advance, it will be suggested.

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Which of my medicines should I continue or stop before surgery?

In general heart and blood pressure medicines should be taken on schedule.  Diabetic medicines are generally withheld after midnight.  During preadmission testing and during your surgical visits this will be explained in detail for you.

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What is the anesthesia care team?

The anesthesia care team is composed of the physician-anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist.   Members of the team will be with you throughout your procedure.

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What is done to help limit or prevent nausea after my procedure?

Certain types of operations and anesthetics and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of nausea.  In patients with concerns and risk factors, we aggressively pre-treat for the possibility when appropriate.  During your time in recovery we are also there to help with your comfort as well.

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