What is anesthesiology?
Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to:
- The comprehensive care of patients before, during, and after surgery and childbirth;
- Critical care medicine, and;
- The treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Advancements in medicine have made the practice of anesthesia very safe; a healthy person’s risk of death related to anesthesia is 1 in 200,000.
A physician anesthesiologist is responsible for the patient’s well-being before, during, and after surgery. Several types of anesthesia are available, including general anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, and regional anesthesia. The type of anesthesia that is chosen is based on the patient’s medical history, the planned operation or procedure, and the patient’s preferences.