What To Expect

What to Expect

Having Surgery? 
What to Expect Before, During and After Your Operation and Anesthesia.

Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will meet with you and evaluate your medical condition and formulate an anesthetic plan that is right for you.

During surgery, advanced technology is used to monitor your body’s functions, and your anesthesia care team must interpret these sophisticated monitors in order to appropriately diagnose, regulate and treat your body while a personalized, delicate balance of anesthetic medications are administered. In some hospitals, nurse anesthetists may assist the anesthesiologists with the monitoring responsibilities. However, it is the anesthesiologist who is responsible for the interpretation of the monitoring, making educated medical judgments concerning your responses, and when it is and when it is not appropriate to treat you.

After surgery, your anesthesia care team will reverse the effects of the anesthetic medications you receive, and return you to consciousness once again.

Videos: Anesthesia and You

This two-part video series tells you who an anesthesiologist is, what an anesthesiologist does, and how the anesthesiologist is your lifeline to modern medicine before, during and after surgery. We encourage you to watch both of these videos and make a note of any questions you may have, then bring them to your next physician visit or when you meet with your anesthesia care team before surgery.

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