Ways to Reduce Risk?
Sharing all information about yourself (including all medications you're
taking, even those that can be obtained without a doctor's prescription)
with the anesthesiologist prior to the procedure. This will allow the
anesthesiologist to make a decision as to which type of anesthesia and
drugs are safest. Adhere to the guidelines you are given regarding limiting
eating and drinking before the operation.


Continue usual medications unless the anesthesiologist or surgeon
recommends against it. Ensure that any other chronic illnesses are
being optimally treated.