Advertisement

What job does an anesthesiologist perform during surgery?

During surgery, your anesthesiologist is responsible for managing vital life functions, including breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure while administering anesthesia. Throughout surgery, your anesthesiologist makes medical judgments and is responsible for the management of your physical condition. The anesthesiologist may be assisted by other medical personnel. Should you develop any medical problems during surgery, your anesthesiologist will immediately diagnose and treat them. In addition, should your condition require special care in the recovery room, it is most likely that the physician who treats you will be your anesthesiologist.
An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor trained to administer the medications that will take you "under" and block any feeling of pain or unpleasant sensations you might otherwise experience during a surgery. Your anesthesiologist is involved in your care before, during, and after surgery. He or she may do a medical evaluation before your surgery to determine an anesthesia plan tailored for you. During surgery, the anesthesiologist oversees life support and pain control. And after the surgery, he or she also provides life support, including intensive care management if needed. If time allows before surgery, you should discuss the anesthetic plan, as well as alternatives, risks and benefits of the chosen anesthetic techniques, with the anesthesiologist.
 

Continue Learning about Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures

Can herbal medicines impact anesthesia?
American Society of AnesthesiologistsAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists
Herbal and dietary products have chemical properties just as medications do. Anything we ingest (eat...
More Answers
What is general anesthesia?
Dr. Anita GuptaDr. Anita Gupta
Anesthesiologists use a combination of medications that make the patient unconscious. General anesth...
More Answers
What do I need to tell the anesthesiologist?
Patricia Bartley DanielePatricia Bartley Daniele
It is very important to share your health history, past surgical experiences, especially previous ex...
More Answers
What is an anesthetic room?
Jumo HealthJumo Health
The anesthetic room is a room in the hospital where people get medicine called anesthesia before an ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.