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Who should deliver anesthesia during surgery in a doctor's office?

Ideally, anesthesia should be delivered or supervised by an anesthesiologist who, as a physician, is medically trained to evaluate your health needs, decide whether you are a good candidate for surgery in an office setting and then determine what medications are best for you before, during and after surgery. At a minimum, a person extensively trained in the delivery of anesthesia should be involved. If that person is not a physician, then a physician should directly supervise your anesthesia care. You will have the opportunity to talk with your anesthesia provider on the day of your surgery. 

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