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Surgical Anesthesia

Our specialists provide comprehensive care for patients undergoing surgery. Anesthesiologists at Indiana University Health help you understand the surgical process, so you feel confident in the care you receive. Our anesthesiologists offer personalized care, working with you before surgery to develop a comprehensive pain management plan to fit your needs.

During and after surgery, our anesthesiologists continue to monitor your heart rate, breathing and other vital signs as well as your pain level to make medicine adjustments as necessary. We are committed to your comfort and safety. Our physicians ensure you have a high-quality experience for all patients so you receive the care you need and return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

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Surgical Anesthesia Treatment Information

Our anesthesiologists administer advanced, specialized care before, during and after surgery, including:

Preoperative Evaluation

Before surgery, we meet with you for an examination to learn about any special needs you have and to assess whether you are healthy enough for surgery. We ask questions about your health and medical history, as well as your preferences for pain management. We also strive to answer any questions you have about your surgery and put your mind at ease.

We share your anesthesia plan with you, such as whether you will be unconscious, sedated or only receive regional anesthesia and how long the anesthesia is in effect. Sedation is a milder form of anesthesia that does not put you into complete unconsciousness, but makes it unlikely that you will be aware of or remember anything during your procedure. Regional anesthesia means numbing only the part of your body affected by surgery, but otherwise keeping you awake. Each type of anesthesia is used for different reasons, which are explained to you before surgery.

Intraoperative Care

When you are brought into the operating room, your anesthesiologist or a member of the anesthesia team administers your anesthesia medicine. You may breathe an anesthetic gas through a mask over your nose and mouth, receive a shot of regional anesthesia or have medicine given to you through your intravenous line (IV) straight into your bloodstream, according to your individual anesthesia plan.

During surgery, our anesthesiology providers constantly monitor your condition and vital signs, such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. We ensure your body responds well to anesthesia medicines as well as the surgery, and we focus on keeping you safe and comfortable throughout the procedure.

Postanesthetic Assessment and Treatment

After surgery, you are taken into the postanesthesia recovery unit (PACU), which is also called the recovery room. A member of the anesthesiology team makes sure you remain stable and wake up as you should. Your anesthesiologist continues to manage your pain, nausea and any effects of anesthesia so that you remain comfortable and can participate in your recovery.

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Surgical Anesthesia Support Services

Learn more about anesthesiologists’ role in your surgical treatment and what to expect on the day of your surgery by visiting the websites below.