Once you have been scheduled for surgery by your surgeon, you may have an appointment or receive a phone call from our preoperative clinic. They will talk you through your process for arrival and will provide an opportunity to ask questions. They will review your medical history, surgical and anesthesia history and medications. It is important for you to follow all of the instructions you receive from the anesthesiologist and staff you talk to at clinic. Be sure to ask questions or confirm instructions about taking regular medications, eating and drinking or other steps you should take before your procedure.
On the day of your surgery, the staff will set you up comfortably in a pre-surgery room. Your anesthesiologist will see you prior to your procedure to introduce him- or herself. Your anesthesiologist will review your vital signs, medical and surgical history, allergies, medications and any pertinent laboratory studies. He or she will then create your anesthetic plan and discuss what option is best and safest for you.