Anesthesia Information

OrthoIndy Hospital has over 14 certified anesthesia physicians on staff, offering three different kinds of anesthesia for your surgery. It's important to prepare for your upcoming surgery at OrthoIndy Hospital by knowing the anesthesia recommendations prior to surgery.


No Food or Drink After Midnight

An empty stomach protects your lungs during and after surgery. This also means no gum, no mints and no hard candies. Your surgery may have to be rescheduled if you have eaten or had something to drink unless instructed to do so by the surgeon, the hospitalist staff or anesthesiologist.


Stop Smoking and All Tobacco Use

Smoking and nicotine can increase your risk for infection after surgery and can have a negative effect on your body’s ability to heal wounds.


Alcohol or Street Drugs

These substances can interfere with anesthesia and may cause significant side effects as you recover from surgery.



Please bring your CPAP machine if you are staying overnight at the hospital.



Please bring your inhaler to the hospital the day of surgery. The anesthesiologist will instruct you how to use it before surgery.

Pacemaker or Defibrillator

Please bring all information about your pacemaker or defibrillator to the hospital.


Call Your Surgeon

If there are any changes in your health before surgery such as chest pain, the flu, a fever, a skin infection or a new illness, please call your surgeon.


Arrange for a Driver

You cannot drive home after surgery or any kind of anesthesia or sedation. You cannot go home by taxi unless someone other than the taxi driver is present.

Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about going under anesthesia for surgery. Here are some commonly asked questions.

Q. Can I choose my anesthesiologist?
A. If you request a certain OrthoIndy Hospital anesthesiologist, we try to honor your request but cannot guarantee.
Q. Are there different kinds of anesthesia?
A. Yes, and the type of anesthesia you get depend on your surgery, your surgeon and your health. The most common types of anesthesia at OrthoIndy Hospital include:
General Anesthesia: you are given medication through your IV or may be given an inhaled (gas) anesthetic so that you are completely asleep during the entire surgery.
Monitored Anesthesia: you are given medication through your IV that will make you sleepy during the procedure and you may be given a nerve block to numb your arm or leg for your surgery.
Local Anesthesia: only the area being worked on is injected with a numbing medicine.
Q. Are there risks to anesthesia?
A. All surgeries and anesthesia have some small risk, which depends on your health and the type of surgery you are having. You should ask your anesthesiologist about any risks that may be associated with your surgery.
Q. Why is my medical history so important to the anesthesia doctor?
A. Your anesthesiologist needs to know about all of your medical conditions, as well as any problems you’ve had with anesthesia in the past, so they can plan the best anesthesia care for you during your surgery.
Q. Why can’t I eat or drink before anesthesia?
A. It is important to keep your stomach as empty as possible to protect your lungs during and after surgery.
Q. Do I have to stop smoking or drinking before I have anesthesia?
A. Nicotine and street drugs can change the way an anesthetic medicine works during surgery. Please provide accurate information so we can provide you a safe anesthetic experience.
Q. Are there any side effects from anesthesia?
A. Some patients may experience nausea, a minor sore throat or muscle pain lasting a day or more after general anesthesia. Please contact your anesthesiologist if any of these symptoms last more than one week after surgery.

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