If you want to know more about medications to take on the day of surgery or fasting before surgery, you’ve found the right spot. This page has pre-op guidelines, post-op guidelines, and FAQs.
These pre-operative guidelines are critical to patient safety and positive outcomes. Not following them can interfere with the safe administration of anesthesia as well as patient recovery. Please follow them exactly and, if you cannot, notify your care team immediately.
- Plan to arrive to your procedure as instructed by your physician’s office.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to remove and put on. For Children: Please bring a change of clothes.
- Eating and drinking instructions are very patient and procedure specific. You will be contacted with your specific instructions. If you have any additional questions, please contact your physician’s office or local MA office.
- You will be specifically instructed what medications to take and not to take.
- Leave as many valuables as possible at home. If you wear contact lenses, please remove them at home or bring a lens case and your glasses with you.
- Refrain from smoking/vaping, marijuana, and drinking alcohol at least 24 hours prior to surgery.
- You must have a responsible adult to take you home. We may instruct you that your responsible adult and stay with you for the remainder of the day/night. If so, we will notify you ahead of time. You will not be allowed to leave alone, drive yourself home or go home in a limo or taxi unescorted.
- If you use an inhaler, please bring this with you for the procedure appointment.
- For patients assigned female at birth that are of childbearing age; we will be asking for a urine sample. If you need to use the facilities prior to interacting with Mobile Anesthesiologists team, please notify the facility.
Frequently Asked Anesthesia Questions
Who will provide my anesthesia?
Experienced board certified/eligible anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) working directly with the anesthesiologists.
Is anesthesia safe?
Due to advances in patient safety, the risks of anesthesia are very low. Anesthesiologists routinely bring even very sick patients through major operations safely.
What emergency procedures are in place, should a serious complication occur?
Mobile’s highly skilled staff have the necessary emergency drugs, equipment and training to care for you in the event of a complication.
What happens when my procedure is completed?
Mobile Anesthesiologists’ nurses will provide care during your recovery and continue to monitor your vital signs, providing any necessary medication. When you are ready to leave the facility after the recovery time, you will not be allowed to leave alone, drive yourself home or go home in a limo or taxi unescorted.
Who will oversee my care during my recovery period?
Mobile Anesthesiologists® provides critical-care trained, ACLS-certified registered nurses to care for you in the recovery area.
The Next 24 Hours:
Patients may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, or sleepiness. You should try to rest for the remainder of the day of your procedure. Increase your activity as tolerated or as instructed by your surgeon.
As a patient, you have certain rights and responsibilities. You can expect to be treated with respect and to have differences in cultural and educational background respected, without consideration of race, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability status or the source of payment for your care. You have the right to privacy. You have a right to know what role any observer plays in your care, and the right to request that any outsiders leave your room.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
Text Messaging Questions
As a patient, you may receive text messages regarding your procedures. You may have some questions which can be answered by clicking on the link below.