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Preoperative Assessment
Prior to your surgery, you will receive a preoperative assessment by a Finger Lakes Health registered nurse.  For those having surgery at the
Finger Lakes Surgery Center, you will receive a phone call to review your health information.   If you would like to schedule a particular time for the nurse to call you, please call us at 315-787-4533 and we will arrange for convenient time for the nurse to call you.

For those having surgery at the hospital, you may either receive a preoperative phone call or be given an appointment for an in person assessment by the RN. During this call or visit, you will be asked to give essential information which will aid us in your surgery.  Please have the following information available.

Health History Questionnaire                                                                                                                                                                        If you are scheduled to have surgery performed by Dr. Baltazar-Ford, Dr. Collins or Dr. Wall, please print the health history questionnaire and complete it prior to your pre-operative appointment. This will save you time and energy on the day of your visit.

Pre-anesthesia Questionnaire
Please print our pre-anesthesia questionnaire, and fill it out prior to your procedure.  The phone call or visit with the nurse will be much easier and faster if you have organized your information in advance.  It is important that we have an accurate list of all medications, herbal and over-the-counter prescriptions you take along with your medical, surgical, allergy and family medical history.

Information on Anesthesia
Anesthesia services ensure that you are comfortable during your operation or procedure.  Before surgery, your anesthesiologist will discuss which options are appropriate for you.

 

What's the Best Anesthesia for Me?

 

Types

Expected Results/Techniques

Risks

 

 

 

General Anesthesia

Total state of unconsciousness.  The drug is injected into the blood stream and inhaled into the lungs.  A breathing tube may be placed in the windpipe.

Mouth or throat pain, hoarseness, injury to mouth or teeth, awareness under anesthesia

 

 

 

Spinal or Epidural

Analgesia/Anesthesia

Temporary decrease or loss of feeling and/or movement to lower part of the body.  A drug is injected through a needle/catheter placed either directly into the spinal canal or immediately outside the canal.  Medication may also be given to relax you.

Headache, back or leg pain, infection, persistent weakness or numbness

 

 

 

Major/Minor Nerve Block

Temporary loss of feeling and/or movement of a specific limb or area.  Drugs are injected near nerves providing numbness to the area of the operation.

Infection convulsions, weakness, persistent numbness, injury to blood vessels

 

 

 

Intravenous Regional Anesthesia

Temporary loss of feeling and/or movement of a limb.  Drugs are injected into veins of the arm or leg while using a tourniquet.

Infection, convulsions, weakness, persistent numbness, injury to blood vessels.

 

 

Monitored Anesthesia Care

 

 

Reduced anxiety and partial or total amnesia.  Drugs are injected into the blood stream and breathe into lungs producing a semi-conscious state.

 

 

An unconscious state, depressed breathing

 

What to Bring
You are welcome to bring personal items which will make your hospital stay as comfortable as possible.  Although we do provide hospital gowns, you may wish to bring your own nightwear, robe, slippers and toiletries with you.  As we do have strict electrical regulations, please do not bring your shaver, hairdryer or radio to the hospital.

 

If you need to bring a small amount of cash with you, in case you would like to purchase a newspaper or television service.   However, we do ask that large sums of money and jewelry be left at home.  If that's not possible, you may ask your nurse to have your valuables stored in the hospital's safe.  Your nurse will notify Security and they will come to your location, mark, tag and tape your items, and when you are discharged, Security will be notified and will return your items to you.  If you are bringing eyeglasses, dentures, or a hearing aide with you, please be sure to let the admitting nurse know that you have these items.  It is the hospital's goal to insure all patient property remains safeguarded during your stay.

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