You will be seen and assessed in a pre-assessment clinic by a nurse or an anaesthetist either days or weeks before the operation or at the latest on the day of the operation. Investigations may be carried out and you will be adviced on when to stop eating and drinking and general information how to prepare yourself for the anaesthetic and operation. Most hospitals hand out information leaflets with regard to your operation and anaesthetic.
ASA stands for American Society of Anaesthetists. The ASA - classification is used by anaesthetists to assess the health status and the medical background of patients in the planning of the anaesthetic and operation.
Information will usually be given to you during the pre-operative assessment by the specialist nurse days or weeks before the operation. This includes when to stop eating and drinking, how to take or stop your medication and when to stop smoking.