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Surgery For Colon Cancer: Stages II, III, IV

Resection: Just Before The Procedure

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Just before a resection:

  • A doctor known as an anesthesiologist will administer the anesthesia during the surgery. He or she will meet you with you prior to the procedure to ask questions about your health to determine which anesthesia is best suited for you. Expect questions such as:
    • Current problems such as with your heart or lungs.
    • Allergies including allergies to medicines and food.
    • Whether you smoke and/or drink alcohol. If so, to what degree in general, and what you did or did not do during the past seven days.
    • The list of medications you are taking.
  • You will likely be taken to a staging area close to the operating room where the anesthesiologist will insert an i.v. into your arm.
  • You may be given a drug to help you relax until the surgery starts.

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