After checking in and completing any required paperwork, you will meet a preoperative nurse, who will review your medical history, interview you, record your vital signs, and ask you to change into a hospital gown. You will then be taken to a preoperative waiting area.


Your anesthesiologist will meet you in the preoperative waiting area, before you are sedated. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have at that time. Usually, the physician will have already called you at home the evening prior to surgery, although this is not always possible. You should feel free to ask your anesthesiologist to address any issues that concern you at this time. The anesthesiologist will review your medical and surgical history and discuss the anesthetic plan, alternatives, and risks. This is called obtaining "informed consent" for the anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will usually start an IV, and may give intravenous medication to relax you prior to entering the operating room.

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