PAAMG Frequently Asked Questions: Before Surgery
After obtaining a doctorate in medicine or after becoming a physician, they proceed to a three or four year residency specific to the medical discipline of anesthesia. Some continue to complete additional years of fellowship training within the specialty of anesthesia (i.e. pediatrics, pain, or cardiovascular anesthesia).
An anesthesiologist will be with you in the OR from the beginning to the end of surgery. Only after you are medically stable enough for your care to be transferred to our specially trained, recovery room nursing team will we depart from your care and focus on the next patient.
On any given day, we have physicians on vacation, recovering from over-night call, or physicians requested to serve a surgeon on a special case where their particular skills are needed. We schedule vacation, call coverage, and cases months in advance. Giving us three choices of physicians will help us match your need with a physician of choice.
You may call the Providence operating room scheduling office to indicate these choices at (261-4088)
We request that patients have no food or fluids eight hours prior to your scheduled surgery. If your surgery is scheduled late for the day, we suggest clear liquids in the morning and nothing eight hours prior to the time of surgery. If you are scheduled to take medications during the time you are waiting for your surgery, you may take them with a small amount of water. Clear liquids are liquids that you can see through. These include water, apple juice, and black coffee or tea. Liquids that are NOT clear and should NOT be ingested are orange juice, milk, coffee with cream, and any alcoholic beverages. Please refrain from drinking these beverages on the day of surgery. If a patient has been found to have eaten or drank non-clear liquids within eight hours of surgery, the surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
Children age eleven years old and under may have clear liquids two hours or more before surgery, breast milk four hours prior to surgery, and formula six hours prior to surgery. Food, especially fatty food, should not be consumed for eight hours prior to surgery. Oral medications may be taken one to two hours before surgery and taken with one ounce of water (30 cc)
Inpatient Surgery: If you are scheduled for surgery followed by a hospital stay overnight, you may come alone to the hospital. However, you will need an adult to drive you home and take care of you the day after you are discharged.