Before General Anesthesia
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
- Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
- If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Coviello and Dr. Starley prior to your surgical date for instructions.
After General Anesthesia
- The usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to recover completely from general anesthesia.
- Temporary confusion and memory loss, although this is more common in the elderly.
- Rapid eye movement
- Bruising or soreness from the IV drip
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shivering and feeling cold
- The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.