Anesthesia for In vitro Fertilization

Office Based Anesthesia for In vitro Fertilization

More and more frequently, you do not need to stay overnight in a hospital after surgery or diagnostic tests. Instead, you can usually return home to complete your recovery. Office based (or outpatient) anesthesia and surgical care has been proven to be safe, convenient and cost-effective, and can be performed in a variety of facilities.

What is office based anesthesia?

Office based anesthesia is tailored to meet the needs of outpatient procedures like egg retrieval or cyst aspiration so you can go home soon after your procedure. Short-acting anesthetic drugs and specialized anesthetic techniques as well as care specifically focused to the needs of the patient are used to make your experience safe and pleasant. In general, if you are in reasonably good health, you are a candidate for office based anesthesia. Because each patient is unique, your anesthesiologist will carefully evaluate you and your health status to determine if you are a candidate for office based anesthesia. After your early recovery from anesthesia, you usually will return directly home, with the assistance of a family member or a friend.

How will I meet my anesthesiologist?

Your anesthesiologist or registered nurse will interview you before your anesthesia to gather the information needed to evaluate your general health. Laboratory tests may be ordered, and other medical, surgical and anesthetic records will be reviewed.

You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your previous anesthetic experiences and medical conditions, medications and allergies you may have. If you have particular concerns, you should discuss them with the anesthesiologist.

What type of anesthesia is available to me?

Monitored anesthesia care consists of intravenous medications to make you drowsy and to relieve pain. While you are sedated, your anesthesiologist will monitor your vital body functions. Your anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with this type of anesthesia. You will be asked to read and sign an informed consent. Although uncommon, complications or side effects can occur with anesthetics even though you are monitored carefully and your anesthesiologist takes special precautions to avoid them.