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pre-op consultation question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
The hospital called me and scheduled a pre-op consultation with the anaesthesiologist. They said I should plan on being there for 2 hours. Does anyone know what they will be doing? That seems like a long time. I tried to google it but couldn't find too much. Thanks!


  • At my pre op I met with the anesthesia doc last. First was the blood draw, then the EKG, then they weighed me, then asked a ton of questions about medical history and current meds. Anesthesia doc came in and listened to my heart and lungs, looked into my mouth, asked a few questions, patted me on the head (not really) and said he'd see me on the 6th. Don't stress about this, there is nothing to it.
  • when i went to my first pre-op i was stress out like a mother bleeper. i had to go see my surgeons nurse and get xrays and draw blood and all the usual stuff. Turned out that i was really stressed over nothing. I wouldn't worry to much about it, even though i know it's easier said then done.

  • The pre-op stuff is just routine. Weight, blood pressure, temp, medical history, medications, etc. They may do a chest xray, they will take blood and do an ekg. They just want to make sure you're healthy enough for surgery.
    When I had mine it took about 2 hours, just because of all the different departments involved. One person did my weight, temp, and bp. A different person took my medical history. Then another person took my medical history again and asked me about all my medications. Someone else went over what I would need to do on the day of surgery. Another person took blood, and different person did the xray, and yet another person did the ekg. Its just a lot of poking and questions, a hassle but nothing to worry about. Good luck!
  • They did all that to me as well! I felt very popular for the time being! :))(

    Evelyn :H
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • I went through all that crud also, no biggie. But, this would be a great time to talk to the anesthesiologist about nausea and make sure he/she will take care of that.

    I didn't talk to mine in the pre-op testing, but right before my surgery she came in and told me all the things she was giving me which included about three anti-nausea medications as well as an anti-nausea patch that she put on my shoulder. As a result, I never had any nausea issues whatsoever.

  • Thansk everyone!. I am not exactly nervous about the pre-op consult but just wondered what they were going to do during the 2 hours. I thought that seemed like a long time.
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