What Is Anesthesia?
Stepping into any medical facility, especially when faced with the prospect of undergoing a procedure, can evoke feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. We know that amidst these feelings, there’s a need for warmth, understanding, and genuine reassurance. That’s where our team of Ascentist Healthcare anesthesia experts come in, providing high-quality care when our patients need it the most.
Anesthesia medicine is focused on providing pain relief and care before, during, and after surgical procedures. It is integral to ensuring that patients undergo surgical and diagnostic procedures without pain, distress, or awareness. It encompasses a diverse swath of healthcare applications, ranging from providing relief during a short outpatient procedure to maintaining critical life functions during major surgeries.
An anesthesiologist assesses a patient’s medical readiness for surgery, administers the appropriate anesthesia, monitors vital signs during the procedure, and ensures smooth recovery post-operation. They also play a pivotal role in managing pain relief post-surgery.
Ascentist Healthcare Anesthesiologists ensure patient safety using advanced monitoring equipment to constantly track a patient’s vital signs, ensuring that they remain comfortable and stable throughout their procedure.
Common Conditions Managed By Anesthesia
- Perioperative Pain
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Acute Pain Outside of Surgery
- Critical Illnesses
- Respiratory Compromise
- Obstetric Situations
- Pediatric Situations
- Medical Procedures Outside the Operating Room
- End-of-Life Care
- Emergency Situations
Common Treatments Involving Anesthesia
- Airway Management
- Pain Management Procedures
- Management of Intraoperative Life Support
- Critical Care Procedures
- Obstetric Analgesia and Anesthesia
- Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring
- Consultation in Pain Clinics
- Advanced Life Support and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is anesthesia safe?
Absolutely. With the advancements in medical technology and the rigorous training that anesthesiologists undergo, anesthesia is safer than ever. However, like all medical procedures, there’s a minimal risk. Your anesthesiologist will discuss potential risks and benefits with you.
Will I feel any pain during the surgery?
The primary goal of anesthesia is to ensure you’re pain-free during your procedure. For surgeries under general anesthesia, you’ll be unconscious and won’t remember the operation. For procedures under local or regional anesthesia, the targeted area will be numb.
Can I eat or drink before my surgery?
Generally, you’ll be advised to avoid eating or drinking for several hours before an operation involving general anesthesia. This precaution helps prevent complications. Your medical team will provide specific instructions based on your procedure.
Will I experience side effects post-surgery due to anesthesia?
Some patients may experience minor side effects like nausea, dizziness, or a sore throat after receiving anesthesia. These are typically temporary. Your anesthesiologist will guide you on what to expect and how to manage any discomfort.
How long will it take me to wake up post-surgery?
The awakening time can vary based on the type of anesthesia used and the individual’s response. Most patients wake up within minutes after the surgery is completed, but might feel groggy for a few hours.