As part of preparing for a medical procedure requiring
anesthesia, you will have an exam to check on your
health and to identify any health risks that may
affect your anesthesia care. Tell your anesthesia specialist about your health history, including any other surgeries you have had and any health problems.
Be sure to tell the specialist if you are pregnant, if you smoke, or if you have alcohol or drug problems. Also let him or her know if you or a family member have had past problems with anesthesia.
Nothing lasts forever, especially the human body. Decades of bending,
lifting, turning, and twisting can really take their toll on your neck.
Considering all that repetitive stress, it's no surprise that about two-thirds
of people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives.
Cervical disc disease goes beyond just a pain in the neck, though. A
degenerative process can cause radiating pain, as well as numbness and weakness
in your shoulders, arm, and hand. That discomfort and loss...
Prepare a list of all medicines(What is a PDF document?) that you take on a regular basis or have taken recently, including
the dose. Be sure to include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and/or herbal
anesthesia specialist will identify conditions you
have that could affect your anesthesia care. He or she will closely watch your
vital body functions to reduce potential complications.
Some medical problems may increase your risk of complications when
you are receiving
anesthesia. These include:
Heart and cardiovascular problems such as
angina, a previous heart attack,
high blood pressure, or valvular heart
Neurological problems such as a
Lung problems such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John M. Freedman, MD, MD - Anesthesiology
September 30, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 30, 2011
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