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Honest and open communication between you and your nurse anesthetist prior to surgery is essential in order to enhance your safety and build a spirit of teamwork. Before surgery, a preoperative interview with your nurse anesthetist provides valuable information that helps determine your care. It is equally important to communicate with your anesthesia provider after your surgery. The medications you have been given can remain in your body for 24 hours or more after they have been administered, and you won’t be “back to your old self” until the anesthetic has been totally eliminated.

Please feel free to ask your nurse anesthetist any questions you might have — before and after your anesthesia is administered.

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