Who’s the anesthesiologist?
With an anesthesiologist by your side, you can rest easy. Many people think that their anesthesiologist is just the doctor behind the mask, who helps you sleep and wake up in the operating room. The anesthesiologist plays a central role in the operating room by protecting and regulating the patient’s basic vital functions during surgery. It also diagnoses and treats medical problems that may occur during surgery and postoperatively. Remove that doctor’s mask and you will see the responsibilities and highly qualified training of that specialist.
What does the anesthesiologist do?
Your anesthesiologist is responsible for managing your vital functions, including breathing, heart rate and blood pressure while you are anesthetized. During the procedure, the anesthesiologist performs medical evaluations and is responsible for managing your physical condition. If the patient presents any medical problem during surgery, it is immediately diagnosed and treated.
The primary role of the anesthesiologist within the operating room goes far beyond “sleeping” patients, and consists of protecting and regulating their vital functions so that the surgical intervention causes as few alterations as possible. These specialists are, in fact, the doctors in charge of diagnosing and treating any medical problem or incident that arises during the intervention or in the period immediately following it. The anesthesiologist is currently referred to as the “perioperative” specialist, that is, the person in charge of the patient’s medical care throughout the surgical process. This includes studying and preparing the patient before the operation (preoperative), suppressing pain and monitoring vital signs during surgery (intraoperative), and continuing this care once the operation is over, until the patient is able to return to the hospitalization room (post-operative), all this maintaining permanent communication with the surgical team.
When will I meet my anesthesiologist?
Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will talk with you to evaluate your medical condition and plan your particular anesthetic technique, taking into account any physical problems such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease. In addition, you will evaluate preoperative tests, such as blood tests, ECG, or chest x-ray. At the same time, your chronic medication will be reviewed, in case it is necessary to change or suspend any of them.
During this interview you have the opportunity to ask questions about the anesthetic procedure to dispel any doubts.
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