What do I need to tell the anesthesiologist?

Patricia Bartley Daniele
Ambulatory Care

It is very important to share your health history, past surgical experiences, especially previous experiences with severe pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting and types of anesthetics that were used. You should provide a complete list of medications, supplements, and vitamins. Medication adjustments (such as anticoagulants, "blood thinners") may need to be adjusted by your health care provider, in preparation for surgery. Additionally, an unexplained death of a family member or the genetic condition, Malignant Hyperthermia, should be disclosed preoperatively with the anesthesiologist and surgeon. 

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