The anesthesiologists who care for our aortic surgery patients are among the best in the world. You will typically meet your anesthesiologist on the morning of surgery. Family members are welcome to be present during this consultation. There will be ample time for questions. It is important for you to mention any loose teeth as well as the presence of any dental work (i.e bridges, dentures, etc). Also, please mention if you have any problems with your neck such as cervical spine injury. Finally, please mention if you had any problems with general anesthesia in the past.
Prior to your going to the operating room, an intravenous line will be placed in your wrist or arm. This will allow administration of medicine to help you relax. Once you are in the operating room, a catheter will be placed in the artery of your wrist. This will allow monitoring of your blood pressure throughout the procedure. Typically, you will have some additional medicine to make you drowsy, followed by the placement of an oxygen mask. The breathing tube is inserted well after you are asleep. Once you are asleep, additional monitoring lines are placed. Once the anesthesiologist is confident that you are asleep and stable, the surgeon will begin preparing for surgery.