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Expert Anesthesiologists in DeKalb and Sandwich

The top priority of the anesthesiologists at KishHealth System is your comfort and safety during surgery. You will meet your anesthesiologist in the preoperative area. He or she might ask questions about your health history and provide you the opportunity to ask questions. No question is too small to ask if it is important to you. 

The best type of anesthesia for you depends on your medical history and the type of surgical procedure you are having, as well as your personal preference. Your anesthesiologist will review your health history and, if possible, give you options taking into consideration the length and type of surgical procedure you will be having. Then he or she will discuss your anesthesia options with you, including the risks and benefits of the various anesthesia options. We strongly advise you to follow your anesthesiologist's recommendation, but the final decision on anesthetic is yours to make. You will sign a consent form for surgery and anesthesia (a parent or legal guardian must sign for patients under age 18 or for special circumstances). Interpreters will be provided if needed.

  • Some patients will breathe through an oxygen mask placed over their nose and mouth, depending on the type of anesthesia they will receive.
  • A member of your surgical team will remain by your side until you are safely asleep and throughout your procedure.
  • Your anesthesia provider will constantly monitor you from the beginning to the end of your surgery.
  • After you have received your anesthesia, final positioning takes place. If you need a urinary catheter, it will be placed at this time.
  • The catheter may be in place as you wake up, but it will be removed as soon as it is safe to do so. This may cause a temporary sensation to urinate.

Information will be provided to your surgery to your family on a regular basis. Your family and friends will be told if you require some time in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where staff can monitor your blood pressure and heart rate and administer other medications as needed. Your physician will decide whether or not you need to stay overnight following surgery.

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