Anesthesia - what to ask your doctor - adult
DefinitionYou 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.
Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor about anesthesia - adult
QuestionsWhich type of anesthesia is best for me and the procedure that I am having?General anesthesiaSpinal or epidural anesthesiaConscious sedationWhen 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?Aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), other arthritis drugs, vitamin E, clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clotSildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), or tadalafil (Cialis)Vitamins, minerals, herbs, or other supplementsMedicines for heart problems, lung problems, diabetes, or allergiesOther medicines I am supposed to take everydayIf 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:Will I be awake or aware of what is happening?Will I feel any pain?Will someone be watching and making sure I am okay?After the anesthesia wears off:How soon will I wake up? How soon before I can get up and move around?How long will I need to stay?Will I have any pain?Will I be sick to my stomach?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?