CAN I EAT OR DRINK?
Fasting guidelines are always changing. We recommend sticking to the latest guidelines put out by the ASA:
8 hours fasting for heavy meal(i.e. steak and potatoes)
6 hours fasting for light meal(i.e. toast)
4 hours fasting for formula fed babies
2 hours for breast fed babies and clear liquid(i.e. water, apple juice)
IS OFFICE BASED ANESTHESIA SAFE?
While there are risks associated with every anesthetic administered anywhere we have done our best to mitigate those risks. All of our anesthesia providers carry emergency airway and rescue equipment/drugs and are BLS, ACLS, and PALS certified. If you have any specific questions or fears about the anesthesia PLEASE CALL and we will be happy to answer your questions.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO TREAT PAIN?
We understand that complex procedures can be intimidating for a number of reasons. However, because we specialize in large cases requiring general anesthesia we have extensive experience in the pain relief required for these cases. The majority of patients wake up in little to no pain. It is also important to remember that everyone is different and everybody metabolizes drugs differently.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
We are open when you are! If you can only fit a case in before opening or after hours we will be happy to help. If you are open on occasional Saturdays and need sedation we would be happy to assist you.
DO YOU BRING EVERYTHING WITH YOU?
Yes! We bring everything that is required to provide the anesthesia. This includes pumps, medications, airway equipment, rescue equipment, and monitors. We only ask that your office has a primary source of oxygen and we will bring a back up tank for emergencies.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We provide both IV anesthesia and General Anesthesia. The cost depends on the area and type of anesthesia administered. One of our CRNAs or staff members will reach out to you and discuss cost. All anesthesia is prorated after the first hour and all payments are due on the day of service.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY VISIT?
We do not bill your insurance, however, we do provide the correct ICD-10 codes and can provide an itemized bill that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement if it is a covered benefit.
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express credit and debit cards. We also except cash, and Apple Pay/Android pay contactless payment. Payment IS due on the day of service in full and as mentioned above we provide you with the information you need to submit to insurance for reimbursement if it is a covered service.
I HAVE A COMPLEX MEDICAL HISTORY IS IT SAFE TO HAVE ANESTHESIA IN THE OFFICE?
One of our CRNA's would be glad to go over your medical history and determine if you or a loved one is healthy enough for office-based anesthesia. Patient safety is our number one concern and we will not provide anesthesia to anyone who is not a good candidate.
IS ANESTHESIA SAFE FOR MY CHILD UNDER 3 YEARS OLD?
For children under 3 years old the FDA recently released a statement that mentions undergoing multiple anesthetics to a child under 3 can be detrimental to brain development. For this reason we have a separate section on our consent form for children under 3. However, the risk to your child is low if this is a first time anesthetic and surgery time is kept under 1 hour.
THERE IS A CHANCE I AM PREGNANT CAN I STILL HAVE ANESTHESIA?
Research suggests that there are number of drugs we commonly give that are teratogens(can cause birth defects) at any point during a pregnancy. If there is ANY chance you are pregnant we suggest taking a pregnancy test prior to coming to the office. If you are pregnant, congratulations!! But, it is better to wait until after you deliver to provide anesthesia.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IV ANESTHESIA AND GENERAL ANESTHESIA?
This is a great question and one that is frequently mis-understood. Anesthesia in general is on a continuum and people commonly pass through deeper and lighter levels of anesthesia during a single anesthetic. To keep things simple IV anesthesia does not involve placement of breathing tube and is a lighter plane of anesthesia. General Anesthesia requires intubation(placement of a breathing tube) and is a deeper plane of anesthesia. We provide both types of anesthesia because there are some cases and patients in which placing a breathing tube makes the case safer.