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Patient Surgery FAQ

Important Instructions Regarding Your Anesthesia
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You will always be given local anesthesia for your surgery, but you may choose any of those listed below as a supplement. Each choice requires different preparation on your part, and for your safety, it is important that you read and follow the instructions carefully. If you are unclear about anything, please contact our office at 615-370-9733.

For all surgery, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Tops/shirts should have sleeves that are easily drawn up above the elbow. It is also important to wear flat, fully enclosed or tie-up shoes that will assist you in walking. Females should remove nail polish before surgery, and apply as little makeup as possible.

Local Anesthesia
Local anesthesia will provide a numb feeling in the area being operated on and you will be aware of a feeling of pressure during surgery. You will be awake and recall the surgery, but there should be no significant discomfort.

  • Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery
  • For more extensive procedures you may wish to have someone drive you home
  • Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery


Oral Premedication
Oral premedication may be a supplement to local anesthesia and is medication taken by mouth to produce relaxation before and during your operation.

  • Take the medication at the time directed before your surgery
  • Have a light meal a few hours prior to surgery unless you are also having intravenous or general anesthesia
  • It is not safe to drive after taking sedative drugs and you MUST have someone drive you to and from surgery
  • Plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc. , for 24 hours after surgery
  • Do not make any important decisions such as signing documents, etc.


Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide is also known as “laughing gas”. You will be relaxed and somewhat less aware of your surroundings, but will recall most of the surgical event. Nitrous Oxide is generally used in conjunction with local anesthesia, but may also be used to supplement the anesthetic choices below.

  • You may have a light meal four (4) hours prior to surgery
  • It is best to have someone drive you home
  • Plan to rest for a few hours after surgery


Intravenous Anesthesia

Both of the anesthetics below include local anesthesia (although general anesthesia does not require its use.)

Intravenous Sedation
Medications are given through a vein in your arm or hand, which will cause total relaxation and, although you will not actually be unconscious, there will be very little recall (if any) of the events surrounding surgery.

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for six (6) hours prior to surgery. Howeverusing only a small sip of water.
  • For morning appointments, skip breakfast
  • For afternoon appointments, eat a light breakfast seven (7) hours before your appointment and skip lunch.
  • You MUST have someone drive you home.
  • Plan to rest several hours after surgery. Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., for 24 hours after surgery.
General Anesthesia
Medications are given through a vein which will result in total loss of consciousness, complete lack of recall of the event and usually a longer recovery time. General anesthesia has an excellent safety record as an office procedure, but may, if desired, be provided in a hospital setting. (Your health insurance may not cover you unless there is a bona fide medical reason for hospitalization. )

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including water) for six (6) hours prior to surgery. However, it is important that you take any regular medications (high blood pressure, antibiotics, etc.) or any pre-medication prescriptions that we have provided, using only a small sip of water.
  • For morning appointments, skip breakfast
  • For afternoon appointments, eat a light breakfast seven (7) hours before your appointment and skip lunch.
  • You MUST have someone drive you home.
  • Plan to rest several hours after surgery. Do not operate power tools, machinery, etc., for 24 hours after surgery.


Other Special Instructions
If you prefer to listen to your own music, feel free to bring an iPod or similar device with small earphones (not recommended with general anesthesia).

Our goal is to provide you with a safe, pleasant and effective anesthetic. In order to do this it is imperative that we have your full cooperation. You are encouraged to ask or call about any questions concerning your surgery or anesthetic.