Many patients fail to talk to their anesthesiologist before a surgical procedure. Dr. Zeke Wetzel, St.Francis Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology Vice Chairman, says a simple conversation can help lead to a better outcome.
"Be honest, don't minimize any medical condition you may have," Wetzel said. He recommends to make your doctor aware of your full medical history. This information helps tailor a plan of anesthesia during surgery.
Wetzel encourages parents to have the same type of conversation on behalf of their children, should they have to have surgery.