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How long does my child have to fast before surgery?
Type of food or liquid
Fasting time before surgery
|Fatty or fried food||8 hours|
|Light meal, milk||6 hours|
|Breast milk (infants)||4 hours|
|Clear liquids||2 hours|
My child's surgery was cancelled because of a cold. How long should I wait to reschedule?
My child has a cold. Should his/her surgery be cancelled?
An important role of the anesthesiologist is to ensure that your child breathes freely when asleep for surgery. This is more of a challenge when a child has a cold because they may have a lot of secretions and their air passages may be more sensitive. Sometimes this can result in coughing and spasm of the airways. Although these events, if they occur, are typically mild and easily treated, they can be troublesome.
The decision to cancel surgery for the child with a cold is based on a number of factors. Typically, children whose cold is limited to the nose and upper parts of the throat, whose secretions are clear, who do not have a fever, and who do not feel sleepy or lethargic can be safely anesthetized. Children who look sick, who have a fever (over 100°F) and have yellow or green secretions probably should have their surgery cancelled. Other factors may also be important including the urgency of the surgery. These decisions should be made in consultation with your anesthesiologist and surgeon who can determine whether cancellation of surgery is necessary.
Should my throat be sore after surgery?
Is pain relief in my spine safe?
Are long surgeries more dangerous?
1.Your general medical condition, especially problems like diabetes, heart or lung disease, malnutrition or obesity.
2.Your functional status, that is, your ability to tolerate at least moderate levels of physical activity.
Obviously, anesthetic outcomes are also related to the skill and experience of the anesthesiologist who is taking care of you. The anesthetic needs to be tailored to your medical condition, the surgery itself, and whenever possible, to your individual preferences.
How is an epidural block performed for labor and delivery?
Could herbal medicines or other dietary supplements affect my anesthesia?
Should I take my usual medicines?
Can I eat or drink prior to my anesthesia procedure?
What are the risks of anesthesia?
Since the specific risks may vary, depending on what you are having done and your condition, we suggest you ask your anesthesiologist about the risks that may be associated with your upcoming anesthesia procedure.
Are there different types of anesthesia?
In local anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is usually injected into the tissue to numb the specific location of your body having minor surgery, (for example, the hand or foot).
In regional anesthesia, your anesthesiologist injects a local anesthetic near a cluster of nerves to numb the area of your body that requires surgery. You may remain awake or you may be given a sedative. Either way, you will not see or feel the actual surgery take place. There are several kinds of regional anesthesia. Two of the most frequently used are spinal anesthesia and epidural anesthesia, which are produced by injections made with great exactness into the appropriate areas of the back. Both are typically used during childbirth and prostate surgery.
With general anesthesia, you are unconscious and have no awareness or sensation. General anesthetic drugs include gases and vapors inhaled through a breathing mask or tube and medications introduced through a vein. During anesthesia, your anesthesiologist will carefully monitor and control your major bodily functions via sophisticated equipment. A breathing tube may be inserted through your mouth and frequently into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during this period. The length and level of anesthesia is calculated and constantly adjusted with great precision. At the conclusion of surgery, your anesthesiologist will reverse the process and you will regain consciousness in the recovery room.
Is anesthesia safe?
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