Because anesthesia and surgery affect every system in the body, the anesthesiologist will conduct a preoperative interview. Sometimes this is done in person; in other cases, the anesthesiologist will interview you over the telephone. During this interview, the anesthesiologist will review your medical history, as well as discuss the information mentioned above. He/she will also inform you about what to expect during your surgery and discuss anesthetic choices with you. If you had a preanesthetic evaluation in the pre-operative clinic, your anesthesiologist will likely be a different person.

If you have not personally met during the preoperative interview, the anesthesiologist will meet with you immediately before your surgery to review your entire medical history as well as results of any medical tests previously conducted. By this time, he/she will have a clear understanding of your anesthetic needs.