Anesthesia and surgery affect your entire body, so it is important for your anesthesiologist to know as much about your health as possible. Therefore, it is vital that your anesthesiologist has the opportunity to meet you prior to your surgery or procedure. This is often done in a “preoperative area” the day of your surgery. On occasion, your anesthesiologist may be consulted to do a preoperative assessment before the day of surgery, which can usually be done over the phone. During the pre-op interview, your anesthesiologist will ask you detailed questions about your health, your medical history and will examine you. The anesthesiologist will review your medications, allergies, medical conditions (i.e. hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, etc.), recent health changes, past surgical history, past anesthesia history, and your recent tests & procedures (i.e. lab tests, EKG, stress tests). Then, you and your physician anesthesiologist will create an anesthesia plan designed specifically for you to give you the safest and most comfortable surgical experience possible. You will discuss the risks and benefits of the anesthetic plan. Additional tests and preoperative medications may be ordered and given during this time.