Anaesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of patients before, during and after surgery.
This medical speciality involves the use of drugs or other agents that blocks or temporarily takes away the body’s sensation including the feeling of pain.
Anaesthesiological services include:
With this type of anaesthesia administration, the patient will enter a state of complete and controlled unconsciousness for the entire duration of the surgical operation.
An injection of anaesthetic is administered to numb a particular region of the patient's body. The patient will remain conscious but free from any feeling of pain.
An anaesthetic injection is aimed and administered to a smaller portion of the body to numb it. The patient will remain conscious but free from any feeling of pain.
An Anaesthesiologist’s Role
An anaesthesiologist is a doctor who administers anaesthesia to a patient so they do not feel pain when they undergo surgery. Anaesthesiologists are fully trained medical doctors who specialise in the field of concocting and administering anaesthesia, ensuring that the administration of anaesthesia is conducted in a safe and secure manner.
Their work extends before and after the operation in terms of pre-and post-surgical patient care. This includes preoperative evaluation, consultation with the surgical team and creating a plan for the anaesthesia tailored to fit each unique individual patient, the provision of pain control and proper post-operative management of patients.
These specialists play a much wider role than just putting people to sleep for surgery. They are also involved in a range of other medical procedures, including carrying out assessments in critical care units, dealing with emergency situations, and giving advice about pain management.
During surgery, the anaesthesiologist monitors the patient’s vital signs such as heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature among other vital signs. After successful surgery, anaesthesiologists oversee the patient’s recovery and manage their pain as they awaken.