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.
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.
How will the anesthesia be given?
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
Q: I usually get sick from anesthesia, will this
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.
Will I remember the surgery?
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
Why can I not have anything to eat or drink for 6 hours?
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.
What are the side effects of anesthesia?
Possible side effects of anesthesia/sedation include: drowsiness, fatigue,
weakness, slower reaction times, nausea and vomiting.
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