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Before anesthesia, you will have an exam to check on your health and to find any health risks that may affect your anesthesia care.
Tell your anesthesia specialist about your health history. This includes any other surgeries you've had and any health problems. If you have sleep apnea, be sure to let the specialist know.
Tell the specialist if you are pregnant or if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. Also tell them if you or a family member has had past problems with anesthesia.
Make a list of all medicines that you take on a regular basis or have taken recently, including the dosage. Be sure to include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medical problems may increase your risk of complications when you are receiving anesthesia. These include:
Current as of:
February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineJohn M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology
Current as of: February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology
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