Required Information

Our provider will need to gather the following information about your medical and surgical history:

  • A detailed list of all of your medical conditions and past surgical procedures.
  • Any allergies that you have.
  • All medications that you are taking-including herbals, non-prescription medications and dietary supplements-along with the dosages.
  • Any workup or studies that you have had related to major organs such as heart, lungs, brain, liver and kidneys. These studies should be available for the anesthesia provider to review.
  • Any recent lab work.
  • A history of all prior anesthetics along with any unfavorable reactions, including nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Inform your anesthesia care provider if anyone in your family has ever been diagnosed with or suspected of having either malignant hyperthermia or pseudocholinesterase deficiency during an anesthetic. These are rare, hereditary diseases whose risks associated with these conditions can be avoided.
  • Information concerning loose teeth, false teeth, bridges or implants. This will be important if you will have an airway device placed during your procedure.

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Patient Information: Your Procedure

Before Your Scheduled Procedure

Your doctor requested Quantum Anesthesia to provide anesthesia care during your procedure.Our providers are dedicated to providing outstanding service and safe, high quality anesthesia care for you every time.

You should receive specific instructions as to when to stop eating and drinking prior to your procedure. The stomach should be empty to avoid the risk of stomach contents entering the lungs once anesthesia is given. Not following these instructions can result in a procedure’s delay or cancellation. As a general rule, you should not eat a heavy meal for 8 hours before your procedure. You may have a small amount of clear liquids up to 3 hours prior to procedure. When given instructions regarding clear liquids, these liquids include:

  • Water
  • Black coffee (no milk or cream)
  • Plain tea
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Apple, cranberry, and grape juice

Please make sure to follow instructions regarding your medications. There may be some medications that will be stopped or withheld for a certain period of time before your procedure, while others will be continued. You may be advised to take certain medications on schedule the morning of your procedure with a small sip of water.

The Day of Your Scheduled Procedure

Your anesthesia provider will meet you on the day of your procedure, discuss the anesthetic plan, and answer all your questions. Multiple factors including the type and duration of surgery, your medical history, your personal preference, and the opinion of the surgeon and anesthesia provider, will influence the anesthetic plan. Most surgeries are done under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. In addition, you may be offered regional anesthesia to help with post-operative pain. In the operating room you will be given supplemental oxygen and monitors will be used to monitor your blood pressure, heart rhythm, and breathing. Your anesthetist will be present with you throughout the entire surgery from beginning to end. When the procedure is complete you will be taken to the post-procedure area where you will be monitored until you are ready to go home.

After Your Procedure

Your recovery from surgery and anesthesia depends on a number of factors including the type and duration of surgery and anesthetic. When you are comfortable and ready, we will give you some light food and drink. When you are tolerating that, we will remove your IV and get you ready to go home. Although you may feel normal, you should not drive, operate machinery, or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after your procedure.

It is necessary for you to make arrangements for a responsible adult to take you home after your anesthetic or sedation, since we will not allow you to leave alone or drive yourself home. It is strongly suggested that you have someone stay with your during the first 24 hours.

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Chicago Headquarters: 1030 W North Ave., Suite 109, Chicago, IL, 60642 | Phone: 773-717-5595
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