Communication and cooperation between you and your anesthesia provider are essential to the anesthesia process and its safety. 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.
Of course, you should never hesitate to ask you nurse anesthetist any questions you might have -- before or after your anesthesia is administered.
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