Whether you have undergone anesthesia before or not, it can be a little unsettling to think of being unconscious during a medical procedure. Before you have any surgery, we want you to feel comfortable putting your wellbeing in our hands. In our consultation with you, we will work to understand who you are, your medical history and lifestyle, and how you would like your process to go. Then, we will evaluate all of this information and recommend the best plan of action to keep you safe and comfortable.
Below, we have listed a few frequently asked questions about your practice and services. Know before you go and if you have further questions or concerns, give our office a call at (626) 795-6596, and we will be happy to assist you.
What is an anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is a medical professional who assesses your health to determine the safest route for you to receive anesthesia during a surgical procedure. They monitor your breathing, blood circulation, blood pressure, and vital organs and correct any complications before they escalate.
What are the different types of anesthesia?
The three main types of anesthesia are local, general, and regional, with more information found on our services page.
What are the risks of undergoing anesthesia?
Advances in anesthesia technology have made it safer than ever before with very minimal risks. However, each patient is different, and your anesthesiologist is a trained professional in identifying risks that may be too great.
Can I eat or drink before receiving anesthesia?
No. It is very important to fast or stop eating the night before your procedure to reduce complications during your surgery the next day. The combination of medications increases the likelihood of vomiting and aspirating – a complication when the contents of your stomach enter your lungs.
What insurance is accepted?
We accept most major insurances. Call our office at (626) 795-6596 to find out if we accept your insurance or payment method.
Can I still take my regular medications leading up to my appointment?
This depends on the conversation you have with your physician. Some medications may adversely interact with anesthesia medicine. It is important to have full disclosure with your provider on any medications or supplements you are currently taking, so the best plan of action can be put in place.
How will I feel after?
Every patient is different, but you may experience drowsiness, nausea, or a sore throat after. All necessary precautions will be taken to reduce the side effects of anesthesia with most symptoms going away in two days or less. If you are experiencing discomfort for an extended period of time, consult with your physician.
At Buena Vista Anesthesia Medical Group, we want you to be empowered with knowledge, so that you can be at your highest level of comfort when it is time for you to get on the operating table. Our physicians have years of experience providing top-level care to the patients of Southern California and hope you will be one of them. If you have any questions or concerns beyond our FAQ page regarding our anesthetic services, give us a call at (626) 795-6596 or request an appointment online with one of our 43 expert physicians.