Patient Guide

Pre-Operatory Instructions

Anesthesia is a safe and pain-free way to undergo many office, out-patient or hospital procedures. However, it is important to follow your pre-operatory instructions carefully in order for anesthesia to be administered.
1. Limit your food and drink intake before your procedure according to the instructions below.
2. Review all medications, including over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements, with your physician and CRNA prior to your procedure.
3. Have an adult accompany you to the procedure and drive you home afterwards.

Food and Drink
• No food or drinks (except for clear liquids) for 6 hours before your procedure.
• Avoid water and clear liquids for 4 hours before your procedure.

As a general rule you should not take prescription medications the morning of your procedure.

Medications that should be avoided before your procedure include:
• Diabetic medications (unless advised your physician advises differently)
• Blood thinners or diuretics (e.g. water pills or Lasix)
• ACE inhibitor/ARB blood pressure medications (e.g. Lisinopril, Enalapril and Losartan).

Medications that are allowed the morning of your procedure include:
• Beta blocker medications (e.g. Atenolol, Metoprolol)
• Pain medications (let your anesthesia provider know the name of the medication)

Be sure to tell your anesthetist what medications you normally take and which medications you took the morning of surgery.

For 24 hours after your procedure:
• Do not drive or use heavy equipment
• Do not drink alcohol
• Do not make important decisions or sign legal documents
• Have an adult stay with you to monitor for problems

If you or a loved one are preparing for a surgical procedure, you likely have some questions about the anesthesia you may receive. Sweet Dreams Anesthesia utilizes several different types of anesthesia, unique to each individual’s needs, in order to ensure the best possible care for our patients. We have provided a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the different types of anesthesia we offer in order to help guide you through the process. Please click on the link below for more information.

General Anesthesia FAQs