Preparing for Manipulation Under Anesthesia Procedure

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Why MUA Preparation is Necessary

Like many patients, you may have questions about preparing for manipulation under anesthesia. While the procedure has proven to be a safe treatment for reducing pain and increasing mobility, it is still vital to properly prepare for the anesthesia. Your osteopath will provide detailed instructions for that preparation, but there are some general preparation steps that you should always take before any procedure involving sedation.

Should You Fast?

This may be the most hated part of any medical procedure where the patient is sedated: fasting. Your osteopath is almost certain to instruct you not to drink or eat anything for a set number of hours prior to the procedure. As frustrating as that may be, there is a sound reason for it. Anesthesia may cause your throat and stomach muscles to relax, which could permit food and liquid to pass from the stomach into the lungs. That risk can be reduced by maintaining an empty stomach prior to the procedure.

What About Medications?

Some medications won’t mix well with your anesthesia. It is vital to talk with your osteopath about your medications so that he can determine whether you need to stop taking them for a period of time. That approach holds true for many supplements as well. In some instances, medications and supplements can interact with anesthesia, disrupting blood flow and impacting blood pressure.

How Much Anesthesia is Used?

The exact amount of anesthesia used during your procedure will be determined by the anesthesiologist who manages the sedation. In addition, the procedure team will be monitoring your progress throughout the manual manipulation and sedation to ensure that you are not experiencing any negative effects from the anesthesia.

Will You Need to Arrange Transportation Home?

As a rule, it is always advisable to arrange transportation to drive you home after your procedure. It is also advisable to arrange for someone to either stay with you or at least check in on you at home during the first day after your procedure.

What Should You Tell Your Anesthesiologist?

You should consult with your anesthesiologist to make him or her aware of various conditions and lifestyle habits that might impact the procedure. Some of these concerns can include:

  • Any allergies to medications, rubber, or latex
  • Medications you may be taking, such as steroids
  • Any pregnancy
  • Known bleeding issues
  • Feelings of weakness, tingling, or numbness in your extremities
  • Respiratory issues like COPD or asthma
  • Any known health conditions like heart ailments, sleep apnea, diabetes, and high blood pressure
  • Habits like smoking, alcohol consumption, or non-pharmaceutical drugs
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To learn more about preparing for manipulation under anesthesia, contact the office of Leonid Tafler, D.O. today. We are always here to answer your questions and ensure that you have all the information you need to receive the optimal benefits from your MUA procedure.

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Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

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Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

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Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!