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Anesthesia in Ambulatory Clinics & Physicians Offices Treatment Information
The type and delivery of anesthetics used in surgical centers and physician office settings varies widely. Anesthesiologists may be present during procedures or may be available for consultation. In some cases, a physician may choose to perform procedures without anesthesiologist guidance.
You should learn how anesthesia is used before you have a procedure done. Though going to a surgery center or physician’s office for a surgery or minor procedure may cost less than a hospital, the cost may be lower in part because an anesthesiologist is not present for your procedure.
Anesthesiologists offer expert care in a variety of ways and have extensive knowledge of emergency treatments that may be necessary. Without an anesthesiologist present, the physician or other provider performing your procedure is responsible for this care. You should have confidence in a provider’s anesthetic methods before agreeing to the procedure.
You should ask your provider the following questions before undergoing your procedure:
- Are you certified and trained to perform the procedure?
- What kind of anesthesia will you use?
- Who will administer the anesthetic and monitor me while you perform the procedure?
- Can I meet with the anesthetist beforehand so they know my medical history?
Answers to these and any other questions you have may help you understand the provider’s ability to use anesthesia properly.
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Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia
This website provides a large quantity of information about how anesthesia is used in surgery centers. There is also a section of answers to common questions.