There are four general types of anesthesia:
- Local anesthesia—Numbing the tissue with medication at the exact spot where the surgery is required.
- Local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation—Numbing the tissue and giving medication into your vein to make you more relaxed, drowsy and comfortable.
- General anesthesia—The administration of medication by an anesthesiologist, or certified registered nurse anesthetist in cooperation with your anesthesiologist, to make you completely unaware of any sensations throughout your entire body.
- Regional block (i.e., spinal anesthesia)—Numbing the specific part of the body that will undergo surgery. This is performed by the anesthesiologist. (Often includes intravenous sedation.)
Prior to surgery
A nurse from the Surgery Center at Health Park will call you before the day of your surgery to:
- Review your medical history and current medications
- Answer any questions you may have about your surgery
A member of our staff will call by 5 p.m. on the day prior to your surgery to confirm your arrival time.
A member of our business office staff will also contact you to answer any questions you may have about your financial responsibilities to the surgery center, and will confirm your insurance coverage. We gladly accept Medicare, and also participate in a number of managed care and private insurance programs. MasterCard and Visa are accepted as well.
Feel free to visit the surgery center before the day of the surgery. This may help you, and especially the children, feel more at ease on the day of the procedure. Please call us to arrange an appointment.
If you suspect that you are pregnant, please notify your surgeon. Anesthesia and certain medications may be harmful to a developing fetus.
The night before surgery
Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery, including gum, water, mints or vitamins unless your anesthesiologist has given you special instructions starting otherwise. This is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these directions, your procedure may have to be delayed or rescheduled.
If you are taking medications, your anesthesiologist will give you instructions to follow regarding what you should or should not take the night before surgery.
If it is your child having surgery, your anesthesiologist will discuss special feeding instructions with you. On the day of surgery, one parent must remain in the surgery center at all times. Please bring diapers, and a bottle or sipper cup. Your child may keep a small toy or special item with him or her for comfort.
The morning of surgery
Do not eat or drink anything in the morning unless you have been given special instructions stating otherwise.
Do not wear jewelry, watches, makeup or nail polish.
If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case with you as well as a pair of glasses.
Do get a good night's rest.
Do wear comfortable clothing that you can change into easily and that will not bind the site of your surgery.
Do leave valuables and jewelry at home as the Surgery Center at Health Park is not responsible for lost articles.
Do remember to bring your insurance card, driver's license and Medicare card (if applicable) with you.
Do arrive one hour before your surgery (unless instructed otherwise) to complete your admission forms, sign your consent, and to visit with your anesthesiologist.
Do bring a friend or family member to wait for you during surgery. During your recovery, two family members are permitted to visit at a time.
Persons under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian with them to sign the consent forms.
If you are diabetic and take insulin, please bring it with you.
If you use inhalers, please bring them with you.
As you prepare for surgery, your anesthesiologist will discuss your procedure with you, tell you exactly what will happen before, during and after your surgery, and answer any remaining questions you may have.
You will rest in our recovery room under the care of specially-trained nurses until the time you are ready for discharge.
Your anesthesiologist will continually monitor your condition.
Nurses and physicians will answer your questions and provide you with detailed instructions. You will receive a written copy of these instructions. Please follow them carefully.
You must have a responsible adult with you to drive you home, or to accompany you if you plan to use a taxi service.
You should have someone plan to stay at home with you through the night.
Do not make any important decisions, drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after your surgery.
When you get home
Patients often experience minor after effects following anesthesia, such as drowsiness, muscle aches, a sore throat, headaches and/or dizziness. Nausea may also be present, but vomiting is less common. These side effects decline rapidly in the hours following surgery, but may take several days before they are gone completely.
The majority of patients do not feel up to their typical activities the next day, usually due to tiredness or surgical discomfort. Plan to take it easy for a few days until you feel back to normal.
Contact your surgeon if you have questions about what you can and cannot do, when you can return to work, and how active you can be following your procedure.