Providing Comprehensive Anesthesia Care for the Front Range

Intra-Operative Managment

During your operation you will be under the continual care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist member of Boulder Valley Anesthesiology.  This anesthesiologist will carefully match your anesthetic needs, depending on your unique medical condition, while constantly monitoring your responses to the anesthesia and the requirements of the surgery.  Most of the time, the patient won’t even realize an anesthesiologist is providing these critical functions during surgery, but rest assured we will be by your side making sure your health and safety is protected at all times.

Once in the operating room you will be attached to multiple monitors and most likely will have an oxygen mask placed over your face. 

If a Regional Anesthetic or any type of Pain Control Block is planned for your surgery this will most likely be done under sedation prior to inducing any planned general anesthesia.  This should not be uncomfortable and you may, or may not, have any memory of it.

With a General Anesthetic you will be asked to take some nice deep breaths as you are dozing off to sleep.  Medications are usually given through an IV in your arm.  After you are asleep a breathing device may be placed in your mouth to assist in your breathing. 

While under anesthesia, your anesthesiologist will constantly be monitoring your vital signs and titrating your general anesthetic to assure you are adequately anesthetized, feeling no pain, and will be unaware of anything that is going on.  These monitors may look at you blood pressure, heart rate, electrical activity of your heart, amount of oxygen actually in your bloodstream, your brain waves to quantify your level of consciousness, and analyze your inhaled and exhaled gases for CO2 and other gases along with other things.  These monitors make it a very safe place for you.  Besides the constant observation by your anesthesiologist these monitors are equipped with alarms that warn of any potential problem usually long before it may actually become a problem.

Once your operation is over, your anesthesiologist with wake you from the anesthetic.  Any breathing tube is generally removed prior to you being aware of your surroundings.  You will be transferred to gurney and prepared for transport to the recovery area.


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