What is the role of anesthesia in laparoscopic left hemicolectomy?

Updated: Apr 13, 2020
  • Author: David B Stewart, Sr, MD, FACS, FASCRS; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, MBBS, MS, PhD, FRCS, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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Patients should be sent to the anesthesia preoperative clinic, if one is available, to allow a thorough preoperative assessment focusing on tolerance of anesthesia. This also ensures that different views regarding the patient’s ability to tolerate surgery do not arise in the preoperative area, after the patient has already consumed the bowel preparation. In addition, it theoretically may reduce delays in the OR if, for example, the patient is found to be difficult to intubate. Some of these factors can be identified and planned for before the date of the procedure.


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