Anesthesia & You

Anesthesia & You

The Operation

The Anesthetic Plan

After reviewing your medical history, performing a focused physical exam, and discussing the options with your surgeon, your Anesthesia Care Team will formulate an anesthetic plan that is tailored to suit your needs and your procedure. This plan, along with other suitable options, will be presented to you. You should feel free to ask any questions at this time. Although this plan will be the basic framework of your anesthetic, there may be unexpected events during your surgery that may require us to deviate from this plan.

Topics covered in your Anesthetic Plan will include:

    Routine and special monitors - An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), a blood pressure cuff, and a pulse oximeter are monitors that are always used for every anesthetic plan. In addition to these, we frequently use an end-tidal carbon dioxide monitor, a temperature probe, a precordial or esophageal stethoscope, a nerve stimulator, and an EEG based awareness monitor. There are also monitors attached to a mechanical ventilator that are used. More specialized monitors include an arterial bllod pressure monitor (an A-line), central venous pressure monitors (CVP and Swan Ganz catheters), and lumbar drains. You will be informed of any special monitors that may be used in your procedure.
  • Types of anesthesia - There are several types of anesthesia that can be used based on your procedure, medical history, surgeon preference, patient preference, and anesthesiologist preference. You will be informed about this as part of the anesthetic plan.
  • Postoperative pain management - The management of pain after your surgery is important to us. Once again, based on your procedure, medical history, and other considerations, we may be able to offer some methods to better treat your postoperative pain.
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