All patients will have a chance to meet their anesthesiologist on the day of their scheduled surgery or procedure. Sufficient time will be allowed to answer questions you may have about the types of anesthesia offered as well as reasonable expectations for your post-operative recovery.
Some patients may need extra time to prepare for their upcoming surgery and anesthesia. Specifically, those with complex medical issues or those with a prior history of anesthesia complications may benefit from meeting with an anesthesiologist prior to the date of surgery. Alternatively, some surgeons will request that the patient meet with an anesthesiologist prior to the day of surgery.
If you or your physician feel you need one, you may have a consultation with one of the anesthesiologists prior to your procedure date. Have the physician who is performing the procedure (surgeon, obstetrician, gastroenterologist, etc.) write you a prescription for a "Pre-op Consultation" with the Department of Anesthesiology. You may then call to make an appointment at (202) 537-4437 to discuss and plan your care as appropriate. You will meet one of the members of the Department of Anesthesiology to discuss your case. This person may not be your anesthesia provider on your procedure date, but will make sure your information gets to the provider who will actually take care of you.
The appointment MUST take place at least 2 days before your scheduled surgery or procedure. Anyone who wishes to schedule an appointment less than 2 days in advance of surgery will be directed to wait until the procedure date.