All patients will have a chance to meet their anesthesiologist on the day of their scheduled surgery or procedure. You will have sufficient time to ask any questions you may have about the types of anesthesia offered, as well as learning what to expect in your postoperative recovery.
Some patients may need extra time to prepare for their upcoming surgery and anesthesia. Specifically, those with complex medical issues or those with a prior history of anesthesia complications may benefit from meeting with an anesthesiologist prior to the date of surgery.
If you or your physician feel you need one, you may have a consultation with one of the anesthesiologists prior to your procedure date. Have the physician who will perform the procedure (surgeon, obstetrician, gastroenterologist, etc.) write you a prescription for a “pre-op consultation” with the Department of Anesthesiology. You may then call the Pre-Surgical Testing Center (PSTC) at 202-537-4955 to schedule the consultation. During the consultation you will meet with one of the members of the Department of Anesthesiology to discuss your case. This person may not be your anesthesia provider on your procedure date, but he or she will make sure your information gets to the provider who will take care of you.
The appointment must take place at least twp days before your scheduled surgery or procedure. Anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment less than two days in advance of surgery will be directed to wait until the procedure date.
Additional information about preparing for surgery can be found on the Department’s website.