An anesthesiologist is someone who anesthetizes patients. They can help sedate patients and put them under for surgeries or other medical procedures. They help prepare their patients for procedures and make sure they are not experiencing any pain or fear associated with the treatment or procedure they are undergoing. They work closely with other doctors, surgeons, and specialists to ensure that patients are being treated properly.
To become an anesthesiologist, doctors must first complete an accredited undergraduate program. Next, they must attend medical school for at least four more years. They also complete an internship for one year and a residency for three years. During the residency, they train as an anesthesiologist and work closely with other doctors and professionals while treating patients and gaining first-hand experience in the field. Some anesthesiologists also choose to pursue additional training.
Anesthesiologists do not treat diseases directly; instead, they help make patients more comfortable during treatments. They work with a variety of doctors and specialists and are called in to help sedate patients before surgery and help them manage pain and fear before and during procedures. Some of the common treatments and surgeries that anesthesiologists assist with include:
Anesthesiologists may rely on doctors to diagnose patients, or they may prefer to run or order certain tests themselves. All patients respond to anesthesia differently and it is the anesthesiologist’s job to make sure the patient is healthy enough for anesthetic. Some common diagnostic tests used by anesthesiologist include:
There are several different types of anesthesia; a specific patient and procedure will dictate which is appropriate for each instance. In some cases, more than one type is necessary. Anesthesiologists assess the patients before and after they administer anesthesia to make sure it is working and the patient is comfortable. If the patient is still feeling pain, more anesthesia may be needed. If the patient seems to be reacting to the anesthesia, it may be stopped and other medication may be given to help lessen the effect. A few of the different types of anesthesia include:
Patients do not see anesthesiologists by themselves; they are called on by doctors and other specialists to assist them during surgery and other procedures. In some cases, patients may need to meet with an anesthesiologist before or after a procedure to answer questions about their health and concerns. Anesthesiologists work closely with their patients to ensure that they are given the proper anesthesia and do not suffer any complications.