Who is my anesthesia care team?
Your anesthesia provider is a key member of your clinical care team. They are responsible for administering and monitoring the anesthetic medications to keep you comfortable, and a member of your anesthesia health care team will stay with you for the entire procedure.
Team members are specially trained to ensure your maximum safety and comfort during your procedure and will individually modify your anesthetic based on a variety of settings that include your age and every important body function. Rest assured they will provide anesthesia tailored to meet your specific needs.
What should I expect prior to my procedure?
Prior to your scheduled procedure, a member of your surgery center health care team may contact you to review and ask questions about your surgical, anesthetic and medication history. In short, your answers will help your anesthesia care team choose the safest anesthetics for you. Any instructions you receive are important and need to be followed.
You will be encouraged to ask any questions and express any concerns. Prior to your scheduled procedure, you will have an intravenous (IV) line started. This IV will be used to supply your medication and replace fluids throughout the procedure. You can expect monitoring equipment to be attached when you are in the operating or procedure room.
What should I expect during my procedure?
When receiving any moderate, deep or general sedation analgesia your safety is most important. Your anesthesia provider ensures your safety by using monitoring devices. In fact, your anesthesia provider will be responsible for controlling your level of consciousness and will use these monitors to keep a vigilant watch on vital signs (such as heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen levels of your blood).
What should I expect after my procedure?
For outpatient procedures, it is important to plan ahead and have a responsible adult available to provide transportation services because you will not be allowed to drive yourself. Any aftereffects of the medication should be minimal or gone before being allowed to go home. You may consider having someone stay with you on the day of surgery to provide general assistance.
Why is propofol sedation now used in many outpatient settings rather than conscious sedation?
The drug propofol is far superior when compared to alternative sedation agents. It works fast and wears off considerably faster. In fact, most patients experience very few side effects as opposed to more traditional drugs which can leave a person groggy for hours after an outpatient procedure.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supports the idea that propofol is to be administered by only persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia. Therefore, the anesthesia provider will provide dedicated monitoring and medication administration. This will allow your doctor to be fully focused on the diagnostic or surgical procedure.
As a result of the FDA's support in the proper use of propofol and the positive effects promoted by use of this drug, your next endoscopy, urology or other outpatient procedure should be a much more comfortable, pleasant and safe experience.
Should I eat or drink anything before my anesthesia?
You will be given instructions by your doctor or a member of the anesthesia team. Please refrain from smoking until otherwise directed.
Who should I call for any type of medical emergency?
Please call 911 in the event of any emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
Who should I call for medical assistance?
For medical assistance or answers to any concerns you may have after your procedure, please do not hesitate to call your physician's office.