Anesthesiologists provide drugs called anesthetics for the relief of pain during surgery. An anesthesiologist may choose either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic depending on the patient and the nature of the operation. During an operation in which a general anesthetic is used, the anesthesiologist is responsible for monitoring and maintaining safe levels of the patient's bodily functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate.
We can also treat patients in extreme or chronic pain, such as cancer victims and people in intensive care units. This specialized form of anesthesiologists is often referred to as pain management. Some anesthesiologists specialize in the care of critical care patients who have suffered serious injuries such as shock, heart attack, drug overdose, and massive bleeding.
For more information about Anesthesiology at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, call 412-469-7000.