The road to elective surgery often starts in the surgeon’s office. A patient is seen for a complaint, the surgeon evaluates, diagnosis is made and a surgery is scheduled. Depending on the urgency of the problem the case is scheduled anywhere from one week to 2 months out.
There will be many occasions when either a surgeon or a preoperative evaluation professional will recognize significant concerns that may affect the anesthesia for the surgery. In this case, an Anesthesia Consultation may be requested days before surgery.
The day will come when you or a loved one will require surgery and an anesthetic. This is never an issue to be taken lightly as the world of medicine has learned the hard way. In the early years of surgery and anesthesia the mortality was quite high such that surgery and anesthesia had a terrible reputation.