Preparing for Surgery
To help you prepare for your upcoming operation, please read through all the information on this page in advance. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us or write them down to ask when we call you to schedule your pre-admission testing appointment.
Patients are welcome to contact North Florida Anesthesia Consultants at any time.
Pre-Admission Testing (PAT)
Once your surgery is scheduled, you will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment for pre-admission testing. During this appointment, we will ask you about your past medical history, what medications you are taking, and any prior problems that you have had with anesthesia. Our goal is to become familiar with your operation and medical issues and address any concerns that could potentially delay or cancel your operation.
If you have any ongoing medical issues, we will sometimes contact your primary care doctor or specialist to make sure they are comfortable with you having surgery. We will also provide you with instructions for the day of your surgery and answer your questions and concerns. If you have had any recent tests or lab work performed, please let us know so we can include these records with your file.
Your previously prescribed medications should usually be taken before surgery, with a few sips of water. These medications include:
- Heart and blood pressure medications
- Inhaled medications such as bronchodilators
- Heartburn or reflux medications
- Seizure medications
- Thyroid replacement medications