Preparing for Anesthesia
Good communication is key to ensuring patient peace of mind and enabling physicians to deliver the best possible patient care.
In most cases, your OAG anesthesiologist will call you the night before your scheduled procedure to introduce him- or herself, talk you through your process for arrival and provide an opportunity to ask questions. It is important for you to follow all of the instructions you receive from your anesthesiologist or the staff you may have met with at a pre-operative appointment. Be sure to ask questions or confirm instructions about taking regular medications, eating and drinking or other steps you should take before your procedure.
Pre-op procedure includes exam, review
Once the staff has comfortably set you up in a pre-surgery room, your anesthesiologist will perform a physical exam, performing a thorough check of your vital signs and evaluation of your overall health. In addition, your anesthesiologist will review your medical history, including any allergies, medications and any pertinent laboratory studies. He or she will then formulate your anesthetic plan and discuss what’s best and safest for you.