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As part of preparing for a medical procedure requiring
anesthesia, you will have an exam to check on your
health and to identify any health risks that may
affect your anesthesia care. Tell your anesthesia specialist about your health history, including any other surgeries you have had and any health problems.
Be sure to tell the specialist if you are pregnant, if you smoke, or if you have alcohol or drug problems. Also let him or her know if you or a family member have had past problems with anesthesia.
Prepare a list of all medicines that you take on a regular basis or have taken recently, including
the dose. Be sure to include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and/or herbal
anesthesia specialist will identify conditions you
have that could affect your anesthesia care. He or she will closely watch your
vital body functions to reduce potential complications.
Some medical problems may increase your risk of complications when
you are receiving
anesthesia. These include:
Current as of:
September 4, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology
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