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Most surgeries performed at St. John's Surgery Center will be performed with some level of sedation. The medications you receive will put you in a relaxed state so as to help reduce your anxiety and any discomfort during the procedure. Your anesthesia provider will review your medical history [Download Form] and ask you a series of questions to provide the optimal amount of anesthesia personalized to your specific needs.

Q: What type of anesthesia will I receive?

A: You will be receiving a conscious sedation. This is NOT a general anesthesia. This type of sedation allows you to remain aware of your surroundings, you may however become so relaxed that you drift off to sleep during the procedure.

Q: How will the anesthesia be given?

A: Before your procedure a small device will be placed in your hand by one of skilled pre-op nurses. Any medications needed, will be given through this device.

Q: I usually get sick from anesthesia, will this happen?

A: If you have a history of nausea or vomiting after a previous surgery, please tell your anesthesia provider. There is medication to help or prevent this side effect.

Q: Will I remember the surgery?

A: Most people are unaware that the surgery occurred. The goal of our anesthesia providers is to make you comfortable during your procedure. Some people remember different aspects of the procedure, but incur no discomfort.

Q: Why can I not have anything to eat or drink for 6 hours?

A: An empty stomach is required before any anesthesia can be received to avoid any unforeseen complications. While you are only receiving conscious sedation, there is still the potential for any patient to have an unprotected airway and have reflux of gastric contents. Reflux of gastric contents, if aspirated, could lead to serious complications.

Q: What are the side effects of anesthesia?

A: Possible side effects of anesthesia/sedation include: drowsiness, fatigue, weakness, slower reaction times, nausea and vomiting.

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