What We Do

Anesthesia is commonly described as being “put to sleep,” or “put under,” so that a surgical procedure can safely take place. In truth, the process is much more involved than these terms suggest. Anesthesia is the condition of having sensation—pain, feeling, and/or awareness—temporarily blocked by the careful administration of drugs by an anesthesiologist.

Most anesthesiologists spend their working hours in hospital Operating Rooms. In simple terms, the duty of the anesthesiologist is to keep the patient alive and well while the surgeon performs the operation. This may be a relatively simple and routine task for a healthy adult having a minor procedure, or it can be a complicated juggling act at the extremes of life, with patients who are very sick, or during major surgery.

In addition to preparing patients for surgery, managing their vital signs throughout operative procedures, and minimizing their discomfort afterwards, anesthesiologists also play significant roles in nearly every field of acute healthcare.

For more information on the care anesthesiologists provide, please see The Roles We Play