Prior to administering anesthesia for your surgical procedure, your anesthesia provider must first obtain your permission to give you anesthesia. This means they will explain to you the risks of anesthesia, the benefits of receiving anesthesia (usually this is necessary for most surgical procedures), and alternative types of anesthesia that may be available, depending on your health, your surgeon, and your planned surgery. At the conclusion of this discussion with your anesthesia provider, you will be asked to sign a paper (consent form) which serves as evidence of this discussion and your consenting to receive anesthesia.
This website is meant to be a resource for patients who wish to better understand the risks, benefits, and alternative types of anesthesia. For some patients, it is helpful to have more time to learn about anesthesia than is usually available immediately prior to their operation.
Disclaimer: The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are concerned that you have a medical problem you should contact a healthcare provider.