Experiencing pain while receiving medical treatment, whether it is caused by your condition or a surgical procedure, slows the healing process and decreases your quality of life. BOSH anesthesia specialists are experts in managing your pain and keeping you comfortable before, during and after surgery. Our physicians focus on your comfort and safety so you have the best healthcare experience possible.
Anesthesiologists provide services throughout the hospital to assist a wide variety of patients, including:
Anesthesiology - Overview
The Department of Anesthesiology is the premier department for the practice of general and regional anesthesia. The foundation of this department is the clinical skill of our anesthesiologists.
We have a dedicated team who are round the clock service. The anesthetists are helped by the state of the art anesthetic equipment. Services provided also include preoperative checkups and post-operative pain management team and a critical care team.
A physician anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient’s well-being before, during, and after surgery. An anesthesiologist will do the following
Procedure: Before the operation, the anesthesiologist will ask you about your medical and surgical history and discuss options for anesthesia. You will be asked to not eat or drink before the operation, and told what to do if you are taking certain medications or supplements. Share any questions or concerns that you have about anesthesia with your doctor. Knowing about the process will relieve anxiety and help you to stay calm before and after the operation. You will receive anesthesia (local, regional, or general) before the surgery begins. You may be awake or sedated or completely asleep, depending on the type of surgery. If you are awake or sedated, you should expect to have no pain and limited sensation (feeling) in the surgical area. Doctors, nurses, and the anesthesia team will monitor you closely. After the operation is completed, you will go to a recovery room or intensive care unit, depending on the type of operation and anesthetic you received. The doctor may prescribe other pain medications to make sure you are comfortable.
Local anesthesia: With local anesthesia, only the surgical area is numb. Local anesthesia may be given by injection or spray, or as an ointment. You will be awake or moderately sedated. Local anesthesia is often used for outpatient procedures such as foot or hand surgery. Dentist and doctor’s offices usually use this method. You will go home that same day. You may continue to feel numbness in the surgical area afterwards.
Regional anesthesia: This form of anesthesia numbs a portion of the body, such as the lower body, with spinal or epidural anesthesia, or an extremity (arm or leg) with nerve block anesthesia. Examples of how regional anesthesia is often used include spinal anesthesia for knee and hip replacement surgery, epidural anesthesia for childbirth, and nerve block anesthesia for shoulder or wrist surgery.
General anesthesia: General anesthesia allows your surgery or procedure to be performed safely while you are deeply asleep or unconscious. Your vital organ functions and your vital signs will be monitored and maintained while you are under a general anesthetic. You will also receive pain medication, and your body’s stress response to surgery will be reduced as much as possible. These measures will speed up your recovery after surgery.
You will wake up after your operation is completed, and then you will be transferred to the recovery room. If you are having major surgery such as heart surgery, you will likely wake up gradually in an intensive care unit. You will have no later memory or recall of your operation.
Risks: The advanced technology and training makes anesthesia very safe. However, risks do exist and complications can occur. You can reduce your risks of having anesthesia by discussing the following with your surgeon and anesthesiologist beforehand