What is the role of the Anesthesiologist?

The anesthesiologist is a vital member of your surgical team. Prior to surgery we carefully evaluate your medical condition and formulate a specific anesthetic plan. Along with you and your surgeon, we will help you choose the best anesthetic for you. Meticulous assessment continues throughout your surgery as your vital functions and level of anesthesia are closely monitored to ensure your safety. Additionally we are responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems that may arise during surgery and in the immediate post operative period.

What makes our Anesthesia Department Unique?

We have started several innovative programs in our hospital which have been the first of their kind on Long Island. Featured in the New York Times and on television is our "Parent in the O.R" program, which allows parents to stay with their children until they fall asleep. Our Acute Pain Service was the first on Long Island to implement post-operative epidural Patient Controlled Analgesia. These and other programs have resulted in both a high degree of patient comfort and satisfaction. Our dedication lies in providing state of the art anesthesia and the highest quality patient care available.

What are the different types of anesthesia?

The three main types of anesthesia are general anesthesia, regional anesthesia and monitored anesthesia care.

  • General anesthesia involves administration of medications resulting in loss of consciousness and no awareness or sensation of the entire body.
  • Regional anesthesia is the administration of medication that only anesthetizes the specific region of the body upon which the surgical procedure is being performed.
  • Monitored anesthesia care (MAC) is the attendance of an anesthesiologist to monitor vital functions and administer sedation and analgesia.

All patients coming to the operating room have an intravenous line placed. Additonally, monitoring devices such as EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation are used in all procedures taking place in the operating room. We also possess more technologically advanced state of the art monitoring devices that are used depending on your medical condition and the surgical procedure being performed. Side effects may occur after surgery and anesthesia. They may vary depending on the type of anesthetic being administered and the type of surgical procedure.

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