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You will be asked to sign a consent form for your surgical procedure. For minors, a parent or legal guardian must sign the form. During the pre-surgery evaluation, a nurse and anesthesiologist will review your health history and medications. Please bring a list of your current medications with you, including any over-the-counter or herbal preparations you are taking. The anesthesiologist will also want to know of any unusual reactions you have had to medications or anesthesia.

The type of anesthesia you receive depends on your general health, the type of surgical procedure and your preference, when possible. There are three types of anesthesia that can be used during surgery:

General anesthesia: You are asleep and aware of nothing.

Regional anesthesia: Numbs certain areas of the body so that you do not feel pain. You may also receive additional medications to help you relax.

Monitored sedation: You are kept relaxed and comfortable. You may remain awake and aware throughout the surgery, or you may be drowsy or in a light sleep.

While you are sedated, the anesthesia care team will monitor your heart, breathing and blood pressure the entire time you are in the operating room/GI Lab.

 

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