What To Expect From Anesthesiology

What to expect from anesthesiology—and your Spectrum anesthesiologist

When you undergo surgery, your anesthesiologist is an integral member of your surgical team, and will be involved in your care before, during and after your procedure.

Preoperative evaluation

Your Spectrum anesthesiologist plays an essential role in assessing your medical readiness for surgery. In the days or weeks prior to your procedure, he or she will review your medical history, evaluate your current health status, and order any necessary preoperative tests.

  • If you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, arthritis or heart problems, they are carefully taken into consideration
  • Based on this information and your test results, your anesthesiologist will develop an anesthetic plan individualized for you, and talk to you about the best anesthesia options for your surgery

It’s important to know that you will always meet your anesthesiologist prior to your procedure. At this meeting, your anesthesiologist will discuss the risks associated with the administration of anesthesia, and help you make an informed decision about the anesthetic plan.

Perioperative management

Perioperative refers to the time period during your surgery. Your Spectrum anesthesiologist is by your side the entire time you’re in the operating room, making sure that your health and safety are protected. Your anesthesiologist’s role during this time is to:

  • Monitor and control your vital functions including heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration (breathing), and body fluid balance
  • Control your pain and level of consciousness to ensure that you’re safe and comfortable during surgery

Postoperative monitoring

Once you leave the operating room, your Spectrum anesthesiologist continues to oversee your recovery in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), directing the PACU nursing staff who monitor your condition and vital signs as the anesthesia wears off.

  • The anesthesiologist and your surgeon work together to determine when you’re ready to go home
  • Either your anesthesiologist or surgeon will prescribe any necessary medication so you can remain comfortable at home


You are encouraged to ask your anesthesiologist any questions you may have, at any time. We want you to feel informed and empowered.

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