Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery. Surgery stresses our body in both the physical and emotional senses. To tailor an anesthetic plan that achieves the safest surgical environment while providing quality pain control, we spend time reviewing your written past medical history, and follow that with a patient interview to confirm the accuracy of medical information.
You can expect your anesthesia team to ask you a variety of questions regarding your health on the morning of surgery. In particular, we want to know about chronic medical conditions that you may suffer from and what medications you take to control each condition. It is important that we know when you had your last meal, its contents, and any liquids consumed to ensure that we start your surgery at a time that is deemed safe by the anesthesiologist. Your past surgical experiences will help us decide the best way to control your pain, and prevent any side effects such as nausea. Drug allergies are an important part of your history so we can prevent any administration of those medications, and we will ask about the reaction to the medication to help us prevent a cross-reaction with other similar medications. We will perform an oral examination which requires you to open your mouth as widely as possible. This examination allows us to view your teeth and the width of your mouth so we can prepare an anesthetic plan that allows maximal comfort and protection during any assisted breathing.
After the initial interview we will discuss your anesthetic plan with you and any significant others you want present in the pre-operative area. Some terms you may hear in regards to your type of anesthesia are general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, MAC anesthesia, or local anesthesia. This is the best time to ask any questions you may have about the anesthetic so we can ensure you are informed and confident. If we have collectively decided to perform any regional anesthesia for postoperative pain control, it will be performed in the pre-op area at this time, and a sedative will be administered to help control any anxiety.
Once your surgery suite and surgeon are ready for your arrival, you will be escorted by your anesthesia team to the room. A member of the anesthesia team will be with you the entire time during your surgery, using up-to-date technology and personal vigilance to tailor your anesthetic. While the surgeon is concentrating on your procedure, we are focused entirely on you.
After the surgery, you will be brought to a recovery area where your anesthesiologist will be managing your health care. After assessing your vital functions and pain control, we will direct your health care to either a hospital room for further nursing care or as appropriate, release you home with postoperative instructions.
The journey on your surgical day starts and ends with us. We take pride in making your surgical day as comfortable an experience as possible and welcome any questions you may have prior to your surgery day through the use of our website email system or business number.