Selecting Anesthesia

Selecting anesthesia is very simple since it is a decision between you and your surgeon. When you meet with your surgeon, he or she will likely explain all you need to know about anesthesia. On the day of your procedure, your Anesthesiologist should meet with you to discuss any further details. Of course, it’s always helpful to be prepared with a list of questions for your surgeon, particularly since the advent of off site and office based surgical centers. This may help ensure you make the right decisions about your medical procedure.  So, check out what questions you are safe to ask your surgeon and Anesthesiologist.

Know Your Surgeon and Anesthesiologist’s Credentials. This includes identifying the skill of any staff member who will be monitoring you during the procedure and caring for you in the recovery room. Any medical procedure using anesthesia requires the proper administration of anesthesia and ongoing monitoring. Ensure that your  Anesthesiologist is Board Certified.

Identify Fully Accredited/Properly Licensed Facilities. Fully accredited/properly licensed surgical facilities must adhere to standards for the qualification of the medical providers, supporting staff members, procedures performed, and proper equipment to support the goal of safe and effective procedures.  This includes proper maintenance of equipment.  

Understand Anesthesia Types. Generally speaking, there are 4 primary choices for anesthesia. You’ll also want to know if you’ll be sedated before anesthesia is administered, how long recovery from anesthesia will require, how you can prevent side effects and the type of equipment that the facility has available in case of a complication, such as a respirator.

Inform Your Surgeon and Anesthesiologist about You. To reduce your risk of side effects or complication, disclose any prescription drugs, over the counter medication, herbal remedies, and supplements that you may be taking. Review your medical history. In this way, your surgeon and Anesthesiologist may take precautions to diminish your risk of related complications.

Meet and Greet Your Anesthesiologist. Review all of the same medical history and use of drug information with your Anesthesiologist before your procedure.

Inquire about Billing. Will your anesthesia costs be covered in the total cost of the procedure or will you receive a separate bill from your Anesthesiologist? Is your Anesthesiologist covered by your medical insurance policy?

It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition.

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