Pediatric Patient Information
Anesthesia literally means “without pain” It is an important part of any operation not only in preventing pain, but also in making surgery easier and safer. A “general” anesthetic is a deep sleep for your entire body. You will remember nothing of the surgery itself, and you feel no pain. A “local” anesthetic only numbs part of the body.
Who Gives It?
All anesthetics are administered by a member of Premier Anesthesiologists, LLC. The staff consists of anesthesiologists who are board certified in their specialty, with special training in pediatric anesthesia and pain management. We also have Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) who work with the anesthesiologists.
Will I Get To Speak With The Anesthesiologist Before Surgery?
Yes. After the pre-admissions nurse completes your medical history by phone, it is given to the anesthesiologist to review. You may receive a follow up call if additional information or testing is recommended. On the day of surgery the anesthesiologist will sit down with you and review your medical history, and explain their plan for your care. You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions or concerns addressed at that time.
Will I get a shot before surgery?
Adult patients are generally given some oral medications to begin pain management and minimize the risk of nausea after surgery. An intravenous (IV) line is started, through which additional medication can be given, including medication to reduce anxiety.
Pediatric patients generally receive liquid medications before surgery to help them relax. This also decreases separation anxiety. Older children and adolescents may prefer to have medication given through an IV. An anesthesiologist will discuss this option with them. In some circumstances, the anesthesiologist will require an IV prior to the start of surgery.