Frequently Asked Questions
What is an anesthesiologist?
Anesthesiologists are physicians who focus on surgical patients and pain relief. They administer anesthetics, which are medicines to prevent patients from feeling pain and sensations; closely monitor patients' vital signs during surgery and adjust anesthetics accordingly; monitor patients through the first recovery stages after an operation; and administer appropriate medications during recovery. In addition to helping patients through surgery, anesthesiologists may also help treat patients with conditions causing chronic pain. Many specialize in specific types of problems, such as respiratory or neurological illness. More than ninety percent of the anesthetics used in health care are administered by or under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist. Frequently, anesthesiologists undergo more training, called "fellowship" training, to become experts in a sub-specialty such as pediatric anesthesia, or pain management.
Will my anesthesiologist be with me at all times during the surgery?
An anesthesiologist will always be present to monitor your condition and adjust your anesthetic at all times during your surgical procedure.