It is very important that you follow your pre-operative instructions, such as not eating or taking certain medications. On the day of the surgery you should arrive at the ambulatory surgical unit at the time given to you with your pre-operative instructions. A nurse will admit you, check your vital signs, help you to change, and answer questions. An Anesthesiologist will also review your medical history, and discuss the anesthetic plan with you before proceeding. When you are ready for surgery, an intravenous line will be started, and you may be given an injection to help you relax before entering the operating room.
Throughout the surgery, an anesthesia provider is in constant attendance, continuously monitoring with specialized equipment, modifying the anesthetic technique as needed, remaining vigilant to detect any medical problems that may arise, and ensuring that your anesthetic course goes smoothly.
After your operation or procedure, you will be moved to the post anesthesia care unit, where we will continue to monitor you as you recover from the effects of the anesthetic. You will be monitored closely by a qualified nurse who will also help to keep you comfortable. An anesthesiologist will continue to be responsible for your care, assessing and treating pain or other side effects that may occur, and making any necessary medical decisions during the recovery period. When you are feeling ready to go home, you will receive instructions about activity, diet, pain medications, and other important information.