Your anesthesiologist will keep you as comfortable as possible before, during, and immediately after your operation. The type of anesthesia used will be carefully selected to safely minimize your discomfort and anxiety. Your doctor will base this decision on several factors, such as your medical history, physical condition, type of surgery, surgeon's preference, and, whenever possible, your personal preference.

Pre-operative instructions:

During your surgery:

Your anesthesiologist will be with you throughout the entire procedure/surgery. During your operation, your anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs and administer medications and fluids as necessary.

After your surgery:

In the post-anesthesia care unit (recovery room), your care will initially be supervised by your anesthesiologist. Once your condition is deemed stable, your care will be turned over to a trained registered nurse. Your recovery from anesthesia will be affected by the type of surgery you had, how long it lasted, and what kind of anesthesia was used.

If you are having same-day surgery, a friend or family member must be available to drive you home. You will not be permitted to leave on your own or unaccompanied in a taxi. For 24 hours after your surgery, and while taking any narcotic pain medications, be sure to avoid driving, power tools, important decisions, or any other activity that might require good reflexes and judgment.

What to bring on the day of surgery:  

What to wear the day of surgery:

What to expect on the day of surgery:

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