10 Questions To Ask Your Anesthesiologist

Worried about your upcoming surgery and anesthesia? You’re not alone. Many people have concerns about what will happen during their procedure, and how they will feel afterwards.

To help ease your mind, we’ve compiled a list of 10 questions you can ask your anesthesiologist prior to surgery. By doing so, you can feel more confident and prepared for what’s to come.

  1. What type of anesthesia will I be receiving?

When you meet with your anesthesiologist, they will go over the different types of anesthesia available and recommend the best option for you based on your surgery and health condition. Your anesthesiologist will also log it in their anesthesia EMR software for easy reference.

  1. What are the risks associated with this type of anesthesia?

Your anesthesiologist will be able to explain the risks associated with the type of anesthesia you will be receiving. This is important to know so that you can make an informed decision about your care.

  1. What are the side effects of this type of anesthesia?

Anesthesia can cause a variety of side effects, including nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness. Your anesthesiologist will go over the potential side effects with you before surgery so that you know what to expect.

  1. How will this type of anesthesia affect me after surgery?

Anesthesia can sometimes cause confusion and disorientation after surgery. Your anesthesiologist will let you know if this is a possibility with the type of anesthesia you will be receiving.

  1. Will I be able to drive myself home after surgery?

Anesthesia can cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive. Your anesthesiologist will let you know if it is safe for you to drive after your surgery.

  1. How long will the anesthesia last?

The anesthesia you receive during surgery will typically wear off within a few hours. However, some types of anesthesia can cause lingering effects that may last for days or even weeks. Your anesthesiologist will be able to tell you how long the anesthesia is expected to last.

  1. What should I do if I experience any problems after surgery?

If you experience any problems after surgery, such as pain, nausea, or vomiting, your anesthesiologist will give you instructions on what to do. It is important to follow their instructions so that you can recover safely and effectively.

  1. What are the anesthesia options for my specific surgery?

Some surgeries require a specific type of anesthesia, while others allow for more than one option. Your anesthesiologist will be able to tell you what anesthesia options are available for your surgery.

  1. How can I make sure I have a successful anesthesia experience?

There are a few things you can do to help ensure a successful anesthesia experience, such as following your anesthesiologist’s pre-surgery instructions and avoiding alcohol and tobacco use before surgery.

  1. Who will be taking care of me during my surgery?

Your anesthesiologist will be with you during your entire surgery to monitor your anesthesia and make sure you are safe and comfortable. You may also be cared for by a nurse anesthetist, who is a specially trained nurse that provides anesthesia care.

Asking your anesthesiologist these questions prior to surgery can help ease your mind and make you feel more prepared for what’s to come. Knowing what to expect can help you relax and have a successful surgery.