Our commitment to providing great care to our patients is our top priority. Part of doing that is to help prepare you for surgery and answer any questions you may have. See below for what to expect:Learn More
Your anesthesiologist will meet with you to perform a pre-operative evaluation of your condition and prepare a specialized anesthetic plan based on you as an individual. This is the best time to discuss any questions or concerns you have. Make sure your anesthesiologist is familiar with your full medical history and all prescription and over-the-counter medicines you take.
Your anesthesiologist is responsible for not only keeping you comfortable but also monitoring critical life functions. Blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, breathing, temperature, brain and kidney functions are continually monitored through observation and the use of sophisticated equipment. Additionally, we are responsible for diagnosing and treating any medical situations that may arise during the procedure.
Your anesthesiologist continues to monitor your critical life functions. We stay with you until you have fully recovered from the anesthesia and discharged to the next phase of post-operative care. During this time you may be treated for any side effects from the anesthesia. Some side effects may include: nausea, vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, and shivering.
General anesthesia is commonly used for extensive surgery where the patient is completely unconscious when general anesthesia is administered. This is commonly used with major surgeries involving the heart, chest, abdomen or brain. Anesthetic drugs are administered to the patient through a breathing tube, mask or vein. You remain comfortable throughout the procedure. You have no memory of the surgery upon recovering from anesthesia.
Regional anesthesia is typically used surgeries pertaining to a specific area of the body. This is commonly used with procedures involving the arm, leg, abdomen or during childbirth. With regional anesthesia the patient may or may not be conscious. This anesthesia is administered through an injection near the area that needs numbed. IV sedatives may be utilized as well to provide additional comfort.
Local anesthesia is typically injected into tissue to create numbness when deep involvement with the body is not required. Additionally, sedatives or pain relievers may be administered to the patient as well. Minor procedures and most dental work are done through local anesthesia.
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Your anesthesiologist will discuss associated risks with your anesthesia based on you as an individual. Always make sure you disclose all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, drug use and alcohol use to your physician and anesthesiologist. Anesthesiologists are held to national standards in safety and quality of anesthesia to provide the best care possible to patients. These standards were developed by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Safety and quality standards continue to evolve and be developed as technology and medicine changes. For more information visit the websites of the American Society of Anesthesiologists www.asahq.org and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation at www.apsf.org.
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