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301 S. 7th Ave., Suite 235
West Reading, PA 19611
(484) 628-8589
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Following is a description of your anesthesia care as it will be provided at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. If your child will be having surgery or you will be coming to the hospital for child birth, please visit our pediatric or obstetrical care pages for addtional information.

All surgical patients, except those having only local anesthesia, will be seen by an anesthesiologist in a pre-anesthesia interview. Usually this will be at the time of Pre-Admission Testing, where you will also receive pre-operative teaching from a SurgiCenter registered nurse. At this time, the anesthesiologist will evaluate your medical history, perform an appropriate physical examination, and discuss your anesthesia care.

You will receive instructions on what you may eat or drink before your operation as well as which medications you should take the night before and morning of surgery. If you would like to see a PDF copy of our standard instructions click here.

Please be sure to bring a list of your current medications and doses, prior anesthetics and any health problems you may have. You will receive a copy of our standard form for this information from your surgeon, or you may see a PDF copy by clicking here.

The anesthesiologist conducting your pre-anesthesia interview may not be the same person taking care of you during your surgery. The complete assessment information from your pre-anesthesia interview will be available to the anesthesiologist responsible for your care.

You are welcome to ask any questions you may have at the time of your pre-anesthesia interview.

Your surgeon will schedule your appointment time for Pre-Admission Testing, usually within the week before your operation. You will park in the Sixth Avenue Garage and come to the D-building entrance. Click here for a map of the Reading Hospital and Medical Center campus. Place your mouse over the "D" to see the entrance for the Pre-Admission Testing Center.

Be sure to follow your instructions about eating and drinking and about which medicines to take before surgery. This is very important for your safety.

Your surgeon will tell you what time to report on the day of surgery. You will come to the same D-building entrance as for your Pre-Admission Testing. Take the elevator at the top of the ramp to the SurgiCenter.

In the SurgiCenter, after your name is taken at the desk, you will be instructed to take a seat in the waiting room. When you are called, you will be registered into the hospital computer and then be changed into an operating room gown and moved to a stretcher.

If ordered by the anesthesiologist, you will receive pre-anesthesia medication to relax you before moving to the operating room (OR).

Once you are in the operating room, EKG and blood pressure monitors will be placed on your chest and arm, as well as a pulse oximeter on your finger to measure your blood oxygen level. You will also have an IV started on your arm so that fluids and medications can be given during surgery.

Depending on your operation and health, additional monitors may be used during your anesthesia. You might also receive a nerve block before starting anesthesia that will be used for pain control after your operation. If indicated, these will be discussed with you by the anesthesiologist.

Your anesthesia is now ready to begin. Depending on the operation and your wishes, we may administer one of three types of anesthesia: monitored anesthesia care (MAC), regional anesthesia or general anesthesia. Some options may be inappropriate for a given operation or patient.

Following an operation, most patients are moved to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where specially trained nurses monitor your recovery. You will receive pain or nausea medications as needed as well as any other treatment that is indicated. One of our anesthesiologists oversees your recovery and personally visits each patient before PACU discharge.

Once you return to full consciousness after the operation, you will either return to the SurgiCenter for discharge home or, if you are staying overnight, you will be taken to your hospital room.

Certain patients, especially after MAC anesthesia, will be able to go directly to the SurgiCenter from the OR once the operation is complete.

Ambulatory patients are typically ready to go home one to two hours after their operation, or four to five hours after coming to the SurgiCenter.

Before you leave the SurgiCenter, one of the nurses will review your discharge instructions. For diabetic patients, you may see a PDF copy of our post-operative instruction form by clicking here

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