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What should I ask my anesthesiologist prior to my surgery?

Dede Bonner
Health Education

Be sure you understand what to expect about the anesthesia that you’ll be given prior to your surgery.  Some people experience significant post-operative side effects and other problems resulting from their anesthesia.

Ask, “What kind of drugs will I be given?”, “How will the drugs be administrated?” and “What are the risks with this type of anesthesia?”

If you haven’t met your anesthesiologist during a separate, pre-surgery interview, insist on meeting him or her immediately before your surgery—and before he puts you to sleep!

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