How do I Prepare for Surgery and Anesthesia Before Surgery?

After your surgeon has scheduled your surgery, you may be asked to have a preoperative interview with the surgical liaison nurse. They will ask you questions about your health history including:

  • Allergies
  • Medications you take routinely
  • Previous surgeries you have had
  • Problems you have had with anesthesia in the past
  • Problems your blood relatives may have had with anesthesia
  • Present medical problems
  • Smoking history
  • Alcohol use
  • Street drug use
  • Over the counter medications or vitamin supplements

Please answer all questions thoroughly and honestly. Your anesthesia provider will plan your anesthesia based upon the information you give.

• If you are unsure of the names of your medications, bring them with you for your preoperative interview or when you come for surgery.

• Try to stop smoking prior to surgery.

• Usually, you should stop all aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) products one week prior to surgery. Speak to your physician about this before you stop taking them.