Prior to your arrival, the anesthesia department will have reviewed your health history and lab test results, discussed the best option for anesthesia with your surgeon and worked with your surgeon/physician to ensure that you are in the best possible condition prior to your surgery. Just before you go to the operating room, you will meet your anesthesiologist. Your anesthesiologist will ask you some questions about any previous anesthesia you may have received, explain the type of anesthesia you will be receiving, discuss pain management options and make some final safety checks. While it may seem that there is a lot of activity to get you ready for surgery, this is a great time to ask your anesthesiologist any questions you or your family may have about your anesthesia.
You will also meet a nurse from your operating room team. He/she will do your final preparation before going to the operating room, answer any questions you may have and may escort you to surgery. Your surgeon may come out to see you before you leave the pre-op area for the operating room or will greet you on your arrival in the operating room.
Once in the operating room, you will see a lot of equipment, lights and activity. At this point, the operating room staff is making sure everything is set for your surgery and beginning to prepare you for the procedure. Your anesthesiologist will explain everything that is about to happen and begin your anesthesia.
Most children are given a general anesthetic using a flavored mask (grape, bubblegum and strawberry are favorite choices). Older children may require an IV to go to sleep. Local anesthetic is used prior to IV placement.
Are you covered?
Be sure to check with your insurer whether the anesthesiology group is included in your coverage plan.