CAA physicians are committed to providing our patients with the optimum in safe pain control; pain relief and general medical care throughout your procedure.
Before Surgeryyour 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.
Are there different types of anesthesiologistYes, there are three types: general, regional and local anesthesia.
General anesthesiais 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 anesthesiais 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 anesthesiais 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.
Who is an anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is the one responsible for administering medication that allows you to sleep through surgery and wakes you when surgery is complete. In reality, the anesthesiologist is a primary member of your healthcare team.
Your anesthesiologist oversees your vital body functions throughout your surgery. An anesthesiologist is a medically trained physician (M.D. or D.O) that is licensed to practice medicine and treat medical complications. Upon completion of medical school, anesthesiologists complete an additional four years of specialty training. One year in an anesthesiology internship and an additional three years in an anesthesiology residency program. Anesthesiologists may go on to become Board Certified physicians and complete additional training in specialized areas of anesthesia such as: cardiothoracics, obstetrics, neuroscience, intensive care, pediatrics and so on.