Garden State Gynecology is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) for general anesthesia, deep sedation (“asleep”) and conscious sedation (“twilight”). Administration of anesthesia services by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist will ensure a safe, gentle, pain free procedure. Sleep abortion procedures maximize your comfort and safety.
What to expect before the day of your procedure
In addition to the instructions your gynecologist may provide you, it is important that you not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your abortion procedure. Having an empty stomach before undergoing anesthesia helps ensure your safety.
During anesthesia your muscles relax, and normal reflexes such as coughing do not function. You are more likely than normal to have stomach contents pass up to the mouth and enter your windpipe, possibly reaching your lungs. If this happens serious complications may occur. If your stomach is empty, this is highly unlikely to happen.
What to expect the day of your procedure
Both your Gynecologist and you Anesthesiologist will review your medical history, discuss your treatment plan and anesthesia plan, and answer all your questions.
In the procedure room
Monitors will be used to monitor your blood pressure, heart rhythm, and breathing. Your anesthesiologist will give you medications through your IV to keep you comfortable and sleepy throughout the very brief procedure. Your anesthesiologist will be present with you throughout the entire procedure from beginning to end.
When the abortion procedure is complete you will be taken to the post-procedure area where you will be monitored by a nurse, provided light nourishment, your post-operative instructions will be reviewed then you will be discharged to go home with your escort.
What to expect after your procedure
Although most patients recover from anesthesia very quickly and feel perfectly fine within minutes, it is possible that you will feel groggy for a number of hours after the procedure. Your appetite may be slightly diminished and in extremely rare circumstances you may have some nausea.
Note: Although you may feel normal, you should not drive, operate machinery, or make any important decisions for approximately 24 hours after your procedure.