What is an Anesthesiologist
A friendly face. A steady hand. An experienced physician. Today’s anesthesiologist holds many vital roles during your surgery. He or she helps ease your pain during surgical procedures, monitoring your critical life functions throughout this time. Following surgery, your anesthesiologist will reverse the effects of the anesthetic medications, maintaining your optimal comfort through the initial recovery process. Your anesthesiologist is also the first to diagnose and care for any medical problems that may arise after your procedure.
Metro Anesthesia’s physicians are equipped with the necessary knowledge for a successful surgery. Each of our physicians has completed a four-year college program, four years of medical school and four more years of anesthesiology residency. They are educated in cardiology, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, internal medicine, pharmacology and surgery. They have a deep understanding of the body’s response to surgical stress and how to medically manage it.
Metro Anesthesia’s physicians are also involved in critical care medicine, chronic pain management and obstetric anesthesia. In addition, our physicians continue their learning process through further education and seminars studying new medical trends and anesthetic techniques, and increasing their understanding of modern medicine.
Know your Anesthesiologist
Before your surgery, you will have the opportunity to meet with your anesthesiologist to discuss your medical history and determine the most appropriate anesthesia method for your needs.
Anesthesia for Senior Citizens
Metro Anesthesia’s physicians are experienced in caring for and addressing the special needs of our senior patients.
A patient’s age is considered when determining the most appropriate form of anesthesia for your surgery to best minimize any risk, as all anesthesia techniques carry some risk. However, your present medical condition and type of procedure are the greatest determining factors when calculating surgical risk. And, when talking to your doctor before surgery, it is essential that you disclose any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications that you are currently taking.
State-of-the-art anesthesia techniques and various safety measures allow for safer, more reliable anesthetic care for all ages, whether your procedure is scheduled for an ambulatory outpatient center, hospital or clinic.
Anesthesia for Ambulatory Surgery
Ambulatory (outpatient) care has provided a welcome alternative to long, overnight hospital stays and extended waits for common procedures. Ambulatory surgical care and anesthesia have been proven to be a safe, convenient and cost-effective option, performed in a variety of facilities and usually followed by a quick recovery. Outpatient procedures are often administered in a typical hospital setting, an independent surgery center or a surgeon’s office.
A benefit to ambulatory surgery is the ability to recover in the comfort of your own home soon after the procedure is completed. Once released, you will not be able to leave or drive alone, and it is recommended that you have family or a friend stay with you for the first 24 hours after your operation to watch for any complications.