You are scheduled to have a surgery or procedure. You will need to talk with your doctor about the type of anesthesia that will be best for you. Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor.
Which type of anesthesia is best for me and the procedure that I am having?
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?
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?
During the anesthesia:
After the anesthesia wears off:
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?
What to ask your doctor about anesthesia - adult
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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