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Anesthesia | Talking to the Anesthesiologist before Your Hysterectomy

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Talking to Anesthesiologist before HysterectomyWhen I meet with my anesthesiologist immediately before my hysterectomy, what will we talk about? What questions should I ask and what information can I expect to be given?

Your anesthesiologist will play a critical role in your hysterectomy. It will be his job to ensure you are comfortable and safe during your surgery. He will be responsible for keeping you asleep and/or sedated during the actual procedure. He will monitor your heart, lungs, temperature, and oxygen levels during the surgery.

In order to keep you safe, it is important for the anesthesiologist to have a complete picture of your medical history before providing any anesthetic. A wide variety of health conditions can affect what medications and anesthesia is best for you. Though the anesthesiologist should have a copy of your medical records, you should mention any health issues you have when he visits you immediately before surgery. If you have any physical conditions which could be affected by positioning during surgery, you should discuss those as well. In turn, the anesthesiologist should ask you a bunch of questions to be sure that nothing has been missed. Topics should include medications and supplements you normally take, allergies, drug sensitivities, previous experiences with anesthesia, and your family history with anesthesia. The anesthesiologist should also ask you about your heart and lung health and any recent illnesses.

Besides talking, the anesthesiologist will do a direct physical exam. This can include listening to your heart and lungs, checking your blood pressure, and evaluating your airways to determine the ease or difficulty in inserting a breathing tube.

Since your life will be in the hands of your anesthesiologist, it is very important that you be completely open and honest with him about your entire health history, whether or not you ate the day of surgery, if you took any medications, and if you have been feeling sick. The more information your anesthesiologist has about you, the better able he can be to make the right decisions for you so you will be safe and comfortable during your hysterectomy.

This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-09-2014 - 05:15 PM


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