What does the anesthesiologist do?
An anesthesiologist or anesthetist is a physician with complex responsibilities. Their activities include assessing the patient’s general condition before surgery, optimizing it if necessary, and providing anesthesia/pain relief during and after surgery, and monitoring and maintaining the patient’s life functions.
What happens in a personal consultation before surgery?
During the consultation with the anesthesiologist at Emineo Private Hospital, the doctor interviews the patient in detail about their medical history, learns about previous or current comorbidities, and current medication. If necessary, the anesthetist may request further specialist consultations depending on the planned surgical intervention and comorbidities in order to reduce the risk of surgery and to facilitate the best possible outcome of the procedure. The anesthesiologist must know exactly the medications the patient is taking because of the undesirable side effects and interactions, which he/she can change if necessary in the period around the surgery.
What methods do we use?
One of the most commonly used types of anesthesia is general anesthesia, in which the patient temporarily loses consciousness and the ability to feel pain as a result of anesthetics administered intravenously or through a mask.
In the case of lower limb and lower abdominal surgeries, near-spinal (spinal, epidural) anesthesia can also be used, during which painlessness is ensured during the period of surgery and in the immediate postoperative period with the help of a local anesthetic added to the spinal canal.
Last but not least, in the case of limb surgeries, it is also possible to use anesthesia covering only the surgical area, during which only the function of the peripheral nerve fibers is temporarily suspended by administering a local anesthetic.
The listed modes of anesthesia can, of course, be combined with each other to provide the best possible pain relief during and after surgery.
Upon request, we also provide superficial sleep (sedation) for our patients under controlled conditions during non-general anesthesia surgeries.
Introduction of video consultation
Even in the epidemiological situation related to the coronavirus, we endeavor to resolve the complaints of our patients and reduce their pain. To this end, we have launched our video consultation service, in which our specialists are at our patients’ service on-line.