Before the Scalpel
What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia
Before the Scalpel demystifies the issues surrounding the types and uses of anesthesia and addresses common fears about wakefulness and pain. Straightforward language, real-life examples, and photographs and illustrations guide you, the medical consumer. Individual chapters focus on how anesthesia is used in plastic and cosmetic surgery, during labor, and for dental care. Other chapters explore the special needs of babies and children, how surgeons and anesthesiologists have adapted their techniques in response to increased obesity rates, and how to avoid post-operative nausea and vomiting. Each chapter ends with an invaluable checklist, called prescriptives, that highlights key points and provides space to take notes when you talk with your surgeon or anesthesia provider. The checklists help you ask questions relevant to your case and ensure that you receive and remember the answers.