Frequently Asked Questions About Office Based Anesthesia
Many patients prefer to avoid staying at a hospital overnight after a surgery and as a result of advances in technology, it is becoming more and more common for doctors to perform surgeries with anesthesia in their offices. Obviously, patients considering an in-office surgery need to ask the appropriate questions ahead of time to make sure they are comfortable with the process of an in office based anesthesia. Here are answers to the most common questions patients have on in office based anesthesia.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
This really depends on the type of surgery. For example, if you are having a mole removed you will most likely receive a local anesthesia that just numbs the area around the mole. Another option is monitored anesthesia, in which you are made to feel drowsy and the pain is numbed. Regional anesthesia numbs a specific part of the body. There is also general anesthesia which involves the loss of total consciousness. You should discuss the risks associated with the type of anesthesia you will be administered, to make sure you are comfortable in a non-hospital setting.
What emergency plans are in place if something goes wrong?
In the event of a complication that is life threatening, any doctor’s office performing surgery should have the necessary staff and equipment in place to care for you. There should be a professional onsite during the surgery who has experience in treating anesthesia-related complications. In addition, you should note how far the nearest hospital is from the doctor’s office in the case you need to be transferred for care.
How do I know if a doctor is allowed to perform the surgery?
Depending on the type of surgery, there is a good chance that the doctor had to be approved by a regulatory agency. You should ask your doctor to show he is approved for any required accreditations.
How do I prepare for surgery?
You should follow your doctor’s specific instructions. However, most likely they will request that you do not eat of drink before surgery. You should consult with your doctor for the specific time frame. Also, your doctor will give you specific instructions on what medication you need to stop taking or continue to take prior to surgery. Failure to follow the doctor’s orders could lead to the surgery being delayed or canceled.
When will I be able to go home?
There are specific guidelines doctors must follow when it comes to anesthesia including the recovery time. Your doctor’s office should have an experienced nurse monitoring you post surgery who will be able to determine when it is safe for you to go home. In addition, you should plan on having a friend come pick you up or rely on public transportation.