EXPERIENCE THE CORNEA CONSULTANTS DIFFERENCE

EXPERIENCE THE CORNEA CONSULTANTS DIFFERENCE

Albany Medical Center South Clinical Campus

1What time is my surgery scheduled for?
The patient should call the South Clinic Campus after 3PM the day before their surgery to find out what time their surgery is scheduled. That direct line is 518-262-1200.
2Should I take my medications on the day of surgery?
Please check with your primary care physician and follow their instructions on what medication regimen to follow before and after your surgery.
3Should I continue to use my other eye medications before surgery, including the day of?
Yes, please continue to use all of your eye medications as prescribed unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
4When should I have my pre-op physical scheduled so I can get medical clearance for my surgery?
Your pre-op-clearance physical exams need to be done within 30 days prior to the date of your surgery.
5What tests do I need for my pre-op physical exam?
You will need to have an EKG, blood work for CBC, and a Basic Metabolic Profile included with your pre-op medical clearance.
6Can I eat on the day of my surgery?
You cannot eat or drink anything (including gum, mints, candy or cough drops) after midnight the night before your surgery.

Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center

1What time is my surgery scheduled for?
The staff at the Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center will contact you the day before your surgery. If you have not heard from them and would like to contact them directly their phone number is 518-782-1181.
2Should I take my medications on the day of surgery?
Please check with your primary care physician and follow their instructions on what medication regimen to follow before and after your surgery.
3Should I continue to use my other eye medications before surgery, including the day of?
Yes, please continue to use all of your eye medications as prescribed unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
4When should I have my pre-op physical scheduled so I can get medical clearance for my surgery?
Your pre-op-clearance physical exams need to be done within 30 days prior to the date of your surgery.
5What tests do I need for my pre-op physical exam?
You will need to have an EKG, blood work for CBC, and a Basic Metabolic Profile included with your pre-op medical clearance.
6Can I eat on the day of my surgery?
You cannot eat or drink anything (including gum, mints, candy or cough drops) after midnight the night before your surgery.

Anesthesia Information

There are several different types of anesthesia that may be used depending on the type of surgery being done. With any anesthesia, your heart rate will be closely monitored. Oxygen may also be given to you through tubes placed in your nose or through a face mask, to help with breathing.

General anesthesia causes a temporary loss of consciousness so that no pain is felt anywhere in the body during surgery. Anesthesia is started by either putting an injection into an IV or by having the patient inhale a gas. Patients remain asleep by inhaling the gas through a mask or a special breathing tube that is inserted into the windpipe. In most cases, the tube is inserted when the patient is asleep and removed before they are awake. The patient may have a sore throat for a few days after the surgery because of the breathing tube.

Regional (local) anesthesia provides a pain-free state to a certain area of the body without the loss of consciousness. It temporarily blocks large groups of nerves in the surgical area so the pain signal cannot reach the brain or the spinal cord. A combination of IV sedation and regional anesthesia is often used for maximum comfort.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) is a form of anesthetic in which a patient is sedated with tranquilizers, narcotics, sedatives and other medications through an IV. The anesthesiologist determines how much and how often the drugs will be given to sedate the patient and relieve pain. Patients often have local anesthesia in combination with this IV sedation.

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