Minnesota Anesthesia Services

How to Prepare for Surgery and Anesthesia 

Surgery can be a stressful experience, but proper preparation can help ensure a smooth and successful procedure. This article will provide tips on how to prepare for surgery and anesthesia

Follow Pre-Operative Instructions: Your doctors will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery and anesthesia. These instructions may include restrictions on eating or drinking, medications to avoid, and steps to take to prepare your body for surgery. It is important to follow these instructions carefully, as they can help reduce the risk of complications during and after the surgery. 

Arrange for Transportation: You will not be able to drive yourself home after surgery if you receive anesthesia, so it is important to arrange for transportation. Ask a friend or family member to drive you to and from the facility or consider using a ride-sharing service. Some hospitals may offer free transportation. 

Prepare Your Home: Depending on the type of surgery you are having, you may need to make some modifications to your home to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery. This may include setting up a comfortable place to rest, stocking up on food and supplies, and making arrangements for help with household tasks if needed. 

Stop Smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery, so it is important to stop smoking to prepare for your surgery and anesthesia. If you need help quitting, talk to your healthcare provider about resources available to you. 

Communicate with Your Healthcare Provider: It is important to communicate openly and honestly with your healthcare provider about your medical history, medications you are taking, and any concerns or questions you may have. This can help your healthcare provider ensure that you are properly prepared both physically and mentally. 

Follow Fasting Guidelines: Depending on the type of anesthesia you will receive, you may need to fast for a certain amount of time before surgery. This is to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspiration during the procedure. Follow the fasting guidelines provided by your healthcare provider carefully. 

Discuss Anesthesia Options: There are several different types of anesthesia, and your healthcare provider will recommend the best option for your specific procedure and medical history. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions you may have about anesthesia with your healthcare provider. 

Ask for Help: It is important to ask for help if you need it during the preparation and recovery process. Reach out to friends, family, or healthcare providers if you need assistance with tasks such as transportation, household chores, or personal care. 

Proper preparation is key to a successful surgery and anesthesia experience. Follow your healthcare provider’s pre-operative instructions, arrange for transportation, prepare your home, quit smoking, communicate openly with your healthcare provider, follow fasting guidelines, discuss anesthesia options, and ask for help if needed. By taking these steps, you can help ensure a safe and comfortable surgery and recovery.