Which type of anesthesia is best for me and the procedure that I am having?
- General anesthesia
- Spinal or epidural anesthesia
- Conscious sedation
When do I need to stop eating or drinking before having the anesthesia?
Is it alright to come alone to the hospital, or should someone come with me? Can I drive myself home?
If I am taking the following medications, what should I do?
- Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), other arthritis drugs, vitamin E, clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot
- Sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), or tadalafil (Cialis)
- Vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other supplements
- Medicines for heart problems, lung problems, diabetes, or allergies
- Other medicines I am supposed to take everyday
If I have asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or any other medical problems, do I need to do anything special before I have anesthesia?
If I am nervous, can I get medicine to relax my nerves before going into the operating room?
During the anesthesia:
- Will I be awake or aware of what is happening?
- Will I feel any pain?
- Will someone be watching and making sure I am okay?
After the anesthesia wears off:
- How soon will I wake up? How soon before I can get up and move around?
- How long will I need to stay?
- Will I have any pain?
- Will I be sick to my stomach?
If I had spinal or epidural anesthesia, will I have a headache afterwards?
What if I have more questions after the surgery? Who can I talk to?