Important Instructions Regarding Your Anesthesia
Local anesthesia will always be given for procedures, but patients may choose any of those listed below as a supplement. Each choice requires different preparation on your part, and for your safety it is important that you read and follow the instructions carefully. If you are unclear about anything, please ask your doctor.
FOR ALL PROCEDURES, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Top/shirts should have sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow. Nail polish should be removed before surgery, and apply as little makeup as possible. If you take blood thinners, please call us to discuss how to manage them.
LOCAL ANESTHESIA will produce a numb feeling in the area being operated on and a feeling of pressure during surgery. You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort
Intravenous Anesthesia/Intravenous Sedation/General Anesthesia
Medications are given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation. Typically, there will be very little recall (if any) of the events surrounding surgery.
Use of undisclosed drugs (illegal or legal) can lead to severe injury or death with anesthesia. Advise the doctor or staff of any history of use, particularly within seven (7) days of surgery.
Our goal is to provide you with a safe, pleasant and effective anesthetic. In order to do this, it is imperative we have your full cooperation. Please feel free to ask or call about any questions concerning your surgery or anesthetic.
To minimize pain and other effects from surgery, follow these rules: