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Anesthesia Services for Outpatient Surgery and Procedures

The Department of Anesthesiology and the Division of Surgical Services work together to provide a safe, comfortable experience for a broad range of outpatient/ambulatory procedures (general surgery, gynecologic, GI, eye, orthopedic, ENT, etc.) at a number of convenient locations (Main Campus, Medical Plaza Miller, Davie Medical Center).  

Your anesthesia services will be provided by an anesthesia care team, including board certified anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and resident physicians. 

What Type of Anesthesia Will I Have?
Depending on the type of procedure you are having and your current level of health, the following anesthetic options may be offered:

  • General anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Local anesthesia with sedation 

Before Your Procedure:

Patients with complicated medical problems will be scheduled for a visit in the Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic (PAC) visit. This is done so that your anesthesia team can make sure you are in the best health possible before we perform the anesthesia needed for your procedure. During your PAC visit you will also receive detailed information about how to prepare for your surgery/procedure, including when to stop eating and drinking, and instructions regarding preoperative medication use.

On the Day of Surgery/Procedure:

  • Arrive 1-2 hours prior to the scheduled start time of your procedure. You will meet with the anesthesiologist who will perform a brief physical exam and review your medical history and finalize anesthetic plan for your procedure. You will have an opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask any questions you may have.
  • Bring an adult friend or relative to receive postoperative care instructions, transport you safely home, and stay with you overnight.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • In the operating room you will be monitored at all times by a board certified anesthesiologist and a CRNA and/or resident physician in anesthesiology.
  • After surgery you will be taken to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)/recovery room where a specialized nurse will continue to monitor you and provide medications to minimize pain, nausea, and vomiting as needed. Most patients recover well enough to be discharged in 1-2 hours. In some cases your surgeon may want you to stay for overnight observation.
  • Plan for some recovery time and be prepared for possible side effects. You maky have some soreness or pain and possibly feel a little nauseated. The day after surgery, a nurse from our center will call you to see how you are recovering and answer any questions you may have.  

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Last Updated: 04-27-2017
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