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Why Is a Skilled Anesthesiologist Important in Plastic Surgery?

Posted January 04, 2022 in Plastic Surgery

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While often overlooked, an anesthesiologist is an essential part of the surgical team. Nearly every cosmetic surgical procedure, including tummy tuck surgery, Mommy Makeover surgery, and breast augmentation, is performed under some degree of anesthesia to ensure patients feel no pain or discomfort during surgery.

Doctor administering anesthesia to patient in operating room

While some doctors can administer anesthesia, it is recommended to have someone who has the additional education, training, skills, and experience to make careful clinical decisions in effective anesthesia administration.

What Is the Role of an Experienced and Qualified Anesthesiologist in Your Plastic Surgery Procedure?

Ensuring Patient Comfort

A good anesthesiologist understands that anesthesia care encompasses providing optimal care and comfort for the patient before, during, and after surgery. 

During your evaluation, an anesthetic specialist will consider many factors, including your medical history and the type of procedure you are undergoing, to determine the type of anesthesia that works best for you.

The goal here is to deliver safe, satisfactory pain relief during surgery and return you to a relatively comfortable state within a few hours after surgery. Anesthetic treatments are available in three types: general, local, and sedation.

Additionally, a skilled anesthesiologist incorporates a specific technique that aims to minimize post-operative effects of anesthesia, such as nausea and vomiting. Considering most cosmetic surgery patients are discharged soon after completing their procedure without an overnight or extended stay, the anesthetic technique is considered as vital as the surgery itself.

Ensuring Patient Safety

Another critical role of an anesthesiologist is to monitor the patient’s health during surgery, which allows your plastic surgeon to focus on your surgery without disruption. The anesthesiologist will monitor the patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate, body temperature, breathing, and blood pressure, and make the necessary steps to correct and safeguard the patient.

An anesthetic specialist is also tasked with the role of correctly positioning the patient for an operation to provide optimal visualization and access to the surgical site. In case of medical emergencies like breathing difficulties, blood pressure complications, or other conditions that can arise from the anesthesia, your anesthesiologist can make adjustments to manage the situation or notify members of the surgical team, so appropriate intervention is taken.

Ultimately, your anesthesiologist and surgeon work in tandem to ensure your operation is safe and successful. Choosing a reputable surgical team like Careaga Plastic Surgery is critical to knowing that your health and safety are in the hands of skilled professionals you can trust. We have a trained and experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. Lazaro Martinez, with extensive knowledge in the art of pain management and surgical care.

Ready for Plastic Surgery? Contact Careaga Plastic Surgery Today!

For more information on the role of an anesthesiologist in your plastic surgery process or to address any concerns or questions you may have, please get in touch with us at 305-574-9262 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and learn more.

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