Besides the plastic surgeon and you, the most important person in the surgery room is the anesthesiologist. Therefore, the anesthesiologist role is crucial. What are the anesthesiologist’s duties and responsibilities? We will examine these duties and explain how we protect you in the surgery room.
Anesthesiologist Role: What Is An Anesthesiologist?
An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor who gained a core medical education but also a specialized education in the field of anesthesiology. This means that they have gone through extensive training and have earned board certification. While some doctors may be able to administer anesthesia, only a doctor who has the special skill and experience can ensure a safer experience for the patient. This is vital because if there is a problem with anesthesia, it can be traumatic. A good anesthesiologist will be able to make adjustments if there is an emergency during surgery and can minimize the complications that arise from going under anesthesia. The surgeon and the anesthesiologist work together to make the patient safe.
Administers Anesthesia & Manages Patient’s Pain
Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will review the history of the patient. Depending on the procedure that will be performed and the history of the patient, the doctor will decide on the best anesthesia to use. An anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia based on the type of surgery that a patient gets. There are 3 main types of anesthesia used in plastic surgery:
- Local anesthesia– This type of anesthesia is used in a smaller, specific area to prevent pain. A patient is awake during local anesthesia. A doctor uses local anesthesia when they are doing a filler procedure
- Intravenous sedation – IV sedation or sleep sedation (“Twilight”) is when a doctor gives strong medication through an intravenous tube. This makes the patient groggy and disoriented and they go in and out of sleep. Oftentimes, a doctor will combine IV sedation with local anesthesia.
- General anesthesia– When an anesthesiologist administers this type of anesthesia, the patient falls completely asleep. The medication causes loss of consciousness and prevents pain. General anesthesia is usually given via intravenously or in combination with inhaled gases. This type of anesthesia is widely used in plastic surgery.
2. Monitors Patient
One of the most important duties for an anesthesiologist is to monitor the patient’s vital signs during surgery. This means they will check the pulse, temperature, blood pressure and respiration. With general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will check the amount of Carbon dioxide inhaled and exhaled. The anesthesiologist must also ensure that the patient remains in the proper position during surgery. Sometimes, the anesthesiologist will need to monitor the volume of blood that is pumped by the heart.
3. Regulates Intravenous Fluids
The anesthesiologist will give the patient intravenous fluids during surgery in order to help prevent dehydration. If the patient is in need of a blood transfusion, the anesthesiologist will be responsible for this.
4. Takes Care of Medical Emergencies
Anesthesiologist Role: How We Keep You Safe
At VIP Plastic Surgery Clinic, we strive for Quality over Quantity. In over 18 years of practice, we have had no medical accidents. We can attribute this to many factors however one of the most important factors is that we aren’t a commercialized clinic. We take care of our patients. Unlike many clinics, the anesthesiologist role is even more involved. Our anesthesiologist monitors the patient from the beginning of their surgery to the end. Since we only perform 2 or 3 surgeries a day, the anesthesiologist is not overwhelmed with too many patients and can gingerly monitor each patient.