Ambulatory Office Based Anesthesia

Safe anesthesia for your convenience

When you need a minor procedure, it can be more convenient to have it done at your doctor’s office or at a clinic. Ambulatory office based anesthesia is safe and effective for some surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Sometimes an anesthesiologist is on site, and sometimes your doctor provides the anesthesia.

Overview

When you need a minor procedure, it can be more convenient to have it done at your doctor’s office or at a clinic. Ambulatory office based anesthesia is safe and effective for some surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Sometimes an anesthesiologist is on site, and sometimes your doctor provides the anesthesia.

Anesthesia Outside of the Hospital Setting

Having a procedure in an office or ambulatory clinic – outside of the hospital setting – may be less expensive and let you get back home and back to normal faster.

Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about what kind of anesthesia is planned and who will provide it. Make sure you’re comfortable with the plan. Anesthesiologists work closely with other doctors who provide anesthesia in offices and ambulatory centers to make sure you get safe, comfortable care.

What To Expect

Anesthesia Outside of the Hospital Setting

Having a procedure in an office or ambulatory clinic – outside of the hospital setting – may be less expensive and let you get back home and back to normal faster.

Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about what kind of anesthesia is planned and who will provide it. Make sure you’re comfortable with the plan. Anesthesiologists work closely with other doctors who provide anesthesia in offices and ambulatory centers to make sure you get safe, comfortable care.

Questions to Ask Your Provider

Be sure to write down questions in advance so you don’t forget them at your appointment.

  • What kind of anesthesia will I have?
  • Who will provide the anesthesia?
  • Who will monitor me to make sure everything goes right with the anesthesia?
  • Who will monitor me after the procedure?
  • Are you certified and trained to provide anesthesia?
  • Will I meet with the person providing the anesthesia beforehand so they know my medical history?
  • How many times have you administered anesthesia?
  • How long will it take for the anesthesia to wear off?
  • Have any of your patients had adverse reactions to anesthesia? How did you handle it? Will I need help getting home, or can I drive?

Questions to Ask Your Provider

Questions to Ask Your Provider

Be sure to write down questions in advance so you don’t forget them at your appointment.

  • What kind of anesthesia will I have?
  • Who will provide the anesthesia?
  • Who will monitor me to make sure everything goes right with the anesthesia?
  • Who will monitor me after the procedure?
  • Are you certified and trained to provide anesthesia?
  • Will I meet with the person providing the anesthesia beforehand so they know my medical history?
  • How many times have you administered anesthesia?
  • How long will it take for the anesthesia to wear off?
  • Have any of your patients had adverse reactions to anesthesia? How did you handle it? Will I need help getting home, or can I drive?

Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia

This website provides a large quantity of information about how anesthesia is used in surgery centers. There is also a section of answers to common questions.

Resources

Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia

This website provides a large quantity of information about how anesthesia is used in surgery centers. There is also a section of answers to common questions.

Patient Stories for Ambulatory Office Based Anesthesia