About This Program
Anesthesiologists are physicians who have undergone several years of specialty training in anesthesia after medical school. They are specialists in assessing, consulting and preparing patients for anesthesia; eliminating the patient's sensitivity to pain during surgery; monitoring and restoring blood pressure, oxygenation, heart rhythm and temperature during and immediately after surgery; diagnosing and treating painful syndromes.
Epidural anesthesia is performed by injecting an anesthetic agent into the space surrounding the spinal fluid sac. Pain sensation is blocked from the lower half of the body. It is also commonly used to relieve the pain of childbirth.
During general anesthesia, the entire body, including the brain, is anesthetized. The patient is deeply asleep, feels nothing and remembers nothing during the operation. It may be given either by injection or by mask, or by both.
Spinal anesthesia is performed by injecting an anesthetic agent into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. Pain sensation is blocked from the lower half of the body.