IVF Pre Op Instructions

Preoperative and Day of Surgery Reminders for Anesthesia for In vitro Fertilization

Preoperative Reminders

What about eating or drinking before my anesthesia?-You should not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. No smoking!

Will I need someone to take me home?– Yes, you must make arrangements for a responsible adult to take you home after your anesthetic or sedation. You will not be allowed to leave alone or drive yourself home. It is strongly stressed you have someone stay with you during the first 24 hours. These instructions are important for your safety. If you do not follow your physician’s instructions about not eating and having an adult take you home; your procedure may be canceled.

Should I take my usual medicines?– Some medications should be taken and others should not. It is important to discuss this with your anesthesiologist. Do not interrupt medication unless your anesthesiologist recommends it.

What should I wear?– If at all possible, wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to put on. Leave your valuables at home.

Day of Surgery

What happens before my surgery?– Most commonly, you will meet the anesthesiologist who will care for you on the day of your procedure. Your anesthesiologist will then review your medical and anesthesia history and the results of any laboratory tests, and answer any further questions you may have. A nurse will record your vital signs, and your anesthesiologist and physician will visit with you, completing any evaluations. Intravenous fluids will be started and preoperative medications given, if needed. Once in the procedure room, monitoring devices will be attached such as a blood pressure cuff, EKG, oxygen monitor and other devices for your safety. At this point you will be ready for anesthesia.

What happens during my procedure?– Your anesthesiologist is personally responsible for your comfort and well-being. He/She monitors as well as manages your vital body functions during your procedure. Your anesthesiologist is also responsible for managing medical problems that might arise related to the procedure as well as any chronic medical conditions you may have, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart problems. The anesthesiologist will be with you throughout your procedure.

If you are considering In vitro Fertilization, then give us a call at New York Fertility Services and we would love to answer any questions that you may have! (212) 679-2289