Anesthesia: What to expect:

For surgical procedures, you will receive general anesthesia. You will be completely asleep and will not feel pain or remember anything during the procedure. You can’t feel pain. You can get this type of medicine through an IV catheter placed in your vein or as a gas or vapor that you breathe in through a mask or tube.

For endoscopy procedures like colonoscopies or EGDs, you will be monitored and receive sedation anesthesia which is a combination of medications that decrease pain and cause relaxation and amnesia. Although most patients fall asleep, you MAY feel some discomfort (similar to gas pain) and feel yourself being moved around during the procedure.

In either case, the medicine takes time to wear off. You may feel sleepy or dizzy for a few hours or even a whole day if you received general anesthesia. You must not operate a motor vehicle for 24 hours or until these effects have worn off.

Important Things to Remember

-You may NOT have anything to eat or drink (INCLUDING WATER) for eight hours before anesthesia. You MAY NOT have gum or mints during this time.
- No smoking for at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
-A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, and drive the patient home. Patients receiving general anesthesia for surgery must have a responsible adult with them for 24 hours after their discharge from the surgery center.
-Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
-Do not wear lipstick, lotion, perfume, makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
-If you have an illness such as a cold, fever, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
-If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.

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