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How does the doctor know what type of anesthesia to use?

Patricia Bartley Daniele
Ambulatory Care

The type and length of surgery will determine the method of anesthesia needed. The choices of anesthesia can range from sedation to general anesthesia, in which the patient is totally asleep. You should discuss with your anesthesiologist the anesthesia options for your surgery. Past surgical and anesthesia history is important and can influence the plan. It will provide an opportunity to determine the best type of anesthesia needed. For example, if you have a history of postoperative nausea and vomiting, medications can be given in the operating room to help decrease the risk of postoperative vomiting. It is also important to share these issues with the surgeon so a comprehensive plan can be tailored to your needs.

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