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Expectant Mother
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Soccer Mom
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Cosmetic Patient

Anesthesia & Childbirth

valerie When we found out we were pregnant, I immediately began asking questions. I read pregnancy books, my husband and I took all the hospital classes, and I got online trying to predict how my delivery would go. I thought I had all the answers!

There was one question I didn't even know to ask until my girlfriend told me about her birth experience. That was to ask for an Anesthesiologist (physician) to administer my epidural. I'm telling everyone I know who's expecting a baby or having surgery — you have to ask for an Anesthesiologist to ensure you have a doctor by your side. It doesn't cost any more to you, so why take chances with your health or your baby's life?

What Can You Do

Ask your Obstetrician and your hospital staff who will administer your anesthesia. It is your right (and it does not cost you more) to have a Physician Anesthesiologist manage your pain and monitor your care.

Anesthesia & Your Kids

debraI have a thirteen-year-old gymnast daughter and a twelve-year-old son who plays soccer. I cringe whenever Amy flips high through the air or Matt takes a fall on the field. Being a mom is nerve-wracking, to say the least.

When Matt hurt his knee and the doctor recommended surgery I was so worried. And, knowing I wouldn't be with him in the operating room made me feel even more helpless.

Then I learned that we had to actually request that a Physician administer Matt's anesthesia. Can you imagine? So, I asked for an Anesthesiologist (Physician) to administer his anesthesia and I also asked to meet the Anethesiologist before the surgery.

I asked a lot of questions, and he assured me he would be right there beside Matt, making sure my son got the best possible attention. I felt all of the worry wash away from me. I knew Matt would be ok. Now he's back playing soccer, as strong as ever.

What Can You Do

Introduce yourself to your family's surgical team and discuss their qualifications. For peace of mind, make sure to request an Anesthesiologist (Physician) to ensure that your family member receives the best possible care when undergoing any surgical procedure.

Anesthesia & General Surgery

AnneTurning 55 did it for me. Say what you mean, mean what you say, and don't take a minute for granted.

My life is full. My parents are just down the street and my grandkids call, just to gossip. Even though I take care of myself, I've hit the age of hernia repairs, gall bladder surgeries, appendectomies and other "this and that's."

Dad's had several procedures, and I've had a few health issues myself. In the process, I've learned a lot about anesthesia. "Local" anesthesia numbs a small part of the body. "Regional" anesthesia numbs a large area. "General" anesthesia puts the patient completely to sleep.

I've also learned that it isn't always a physician Anesthesiologist that delivers the anesthesia! So whenever anyone in my family needs surgery, the first thing I do is demand that a doctor administer the anesthesia. It doesn't cost me any more, and having a doctor by your side helps ensure the best possible outcome. Did I mention life's too short to take chances?

What Can You Do

You and your family deserve the safest quality of care. You deserve to have a doctor by your side for all procedures requiring anesthesia. Talk to the hospital administration to find out who provides anesthesia. Demand a doctor by your side.

Anesthesia & Plastic Surgery

SusanI've worked my way up the career ladder to VP of a successful financial firm. I've always heard women say their metabolisms slowed in their 30s. Now that I'm almost 40, I "get it." I spend hours on the treadmill and still can't get rid of my tummy. And, where did these "smile" lines come from? They certainly don't make me happy!

I've decided to make a few cosmetic tweaks to make me look and feel as great as I can. But I won't endanger my health for the sake of beauty.

I want to ensure my surgeries are performed safely, and I won't settle for anything less. Even though elective, cosmetic procedures are serious. I'll definitely treat them as such. The Plastic Surgeon I'm trusting is one that only uses a doctor to administer anesthesia.

What Can You Do

When it comes to anesthesia, make sure to request the most qualified provider — a doctor — to be by your side during any surgical procedure, even elective.

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