Anesthesia Information for Adults

The Week Of:

  • You must arrange be accompanied by a responsible adult and must go home by car. You cannot drive for 24 hours.  
  • If you have a cold, persistent cough, nausea or vomiting, fever or are recovering from a recent illness, contact the office at least three (3) business days before your appointment.
  • If you take daily medications prescribed by your doctor, consult us first.  
  • Have clear fluids and soft foods, tylenol and gravel suppository, at home for after your anesthetic appointment.

The Day Of:

  • You must have an empty stomach from midnight the night before your appointment (or the 8 HOURS prior to surgery). This includes: juice, milk, gum chewing and candies.
  • You can drink WATER ONLY! Up to 3 HOURS BEFORE surgery.  
  • Food in the stomach may result in vomiting and subsequent lung infections during the anesthetic. This is a very serious emergency and can be fatal. 
    • If you do not follow these instructions, treatment will be cancelled and you will be charged the $500 cancellation fee
  • Confirm the person who will be taking you home after your surgery. 
  • Take your daily medications as usual with a small sip of water. Unless instructed otherwise.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing- short sleeved top, socks, flat shoes (not tights or leotards). 
  • Do not wear nail polish or contact lenses. 
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, leave valuables at home, and do not smoke.
  • If the patient does not speak english well they must be accompanied by a translator. Further, the individual who has power of attorney must be present or available by phone.  
    • If the above two rules are not abided the $500 cancellation fee will apply. 
  • REMINDER: The province of Ontario now requires patients to show ID (such as a Health Card) in order to get prescription pain medication. This same ID is necessary to pick up your prescription from the pharmacy.

During your visit:

  • Monitoring devices will be used to track your vital signs throughout the entire appointment.
  • These include: blood pressure cuff wrapped around your arm, a small sensor on your finger, EKG stickers on chest, and a device to monitor your breathing and/or anesthetic gases.
  • A small intravenous catheter will be placed on in your hand, foot, or arm to deliver the IV medications and fluids.  
  • Most patients wake up with some confusion and disorientation. It usually takes about 10-15 min to fully ‘wake up’.
  • You must be alert enough to leave the office safely with the adult taking you home. We follow guidelines to ensure your are fit to leave the office. Usually, this takes 20-30 min

After your visit:

  • A responsible adult must drive you home in a car or taxi (no public transportation) and stay with you until the next day as the medications given to you will make you feel drowsy and your responses will be slow.
  • You must rest quietly for the remainder of the day and up to 24 hours following your visit.
  • You must not: drive, operate machinery, consume alcohol or smoke for 24 hours.
  • You may not remember activities immediately after the procedure, and this is normal
  • Do not sign any important documents or post on social media, for 24 hours as your judgement may be somewhat impaired
  • Sometimes the IV site can become irritated. If your arm is sore, apply a warm, moist compress. If the site becomes red or painful please contact us. Bruising is not uncommon, and this will resolve within a few days.
  • It is important to start eating and drinking after anesthesia. Start with sips of clear fluids, and resume a soft diet shortly thereafter. Examples of soft foods include: soup, pudding, pasta, rice, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and smoothies. Avoid eating heavy, fried, and fatty foods. Resume a regular diet as tolerated
  • It is important to eat healthy and nutritious foods, and to drink fluids to prevent dehydration. 
  • If you experience frequent vomiting, please call us. 
  • Further instructions will be given following the appointment.