What’s Our Role?
PAA anesthesiologists are the directors of your anesthesia care team. This means that we have the privilege of doing the following for you on your day of surgery and beyond:
- We perform a preanesthetic evaluation. During this time, we optimize any medical conditions and prepare you for surgery. Sometimes this means we’re in touch with your primary care physicians or other specialists you may see to gather more information. This is our time to come together and understand your goals as a patient, inform you and your loved ones of what the surgical process will look like for you, and do our best to put you at ease on what we know can be a stressful day.
- We work closely with your surgeon to formulate the most appropriate intra-operative plans. We highly value our relationship with your surgeon, and we believe clear communication is a fundamental part of being a great anesthesiologist.
- We execute the anesthetic by working in a collaborative fashion with nurse anesthetists. Our relationship with the nurse anesthetists is based on mutual respect and a shared goal of providing the absolute best anesthesia care. We all believe in the care team model where physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists work together as a team.
- Our care doesn’t stop once your surgery is complete. We provide post anesthesia care, too. While you’re recovering in the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), we’re always available, frequently checking on you, and responsible for managing any potential side effects of the surgery or anesthetic. We ensure every patient is safe for discharge and that all of you or your loved one’s questions are answered.
In addition to providing care to you and your loved ones in the operating room, you can also find the anesthesiologists of PAA in Labor and Delivery administering labor epidurals for pain relief and anesthesia for caesarean section. We have an anesthesiologist covering our mothers-to-be 24 hours a day.
We’re found in the Intensive Care Unit performing procedures that help the sickest patients in the hospital. Given that we’re experts in pain management, we also spend time placing nerve blocks or numbing injections for pain control before or after certain surgeries. We’re there to assist wherever and whenever is needed, from IV starts on the floor to pain control consults for patients admitted to the hospital. We can provide care to the smallest premature infants all the way to the elderly and everyone in between, and it’s our privilege to do so.