|From the preoperative area, after meeting your anesthesiologist, you will be taken (usually on a gurney) to the operating room. Your anesthesiologist and operating room nurse will then apply the appropriate monitors and prepare you for surgery. (If you are given sedative medications in the preoperative area, you may not remember this later.)
Your attending anesthesiologist is present during your entire surgery. You will never be left in the care of a nurse anesthetist, intern, or medical student. Your anesthesiologist is the physician primarily responsible for your general well-being during surgery. He or she will, at a minimum, closely monitor your electrocardiogram, oxygenation, blood pressure, and breathing status throughout the surgical procedure. The anesthetic medications, which usually consist of several intravenous as well as inhaled agents, are continually adjusted depending on your individual needs. Your anesthesiologist is responsible for managing any preexisting medical problems - for example: high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or kidney disease - during the surgical procedure. Your anesthesiologist is also responsible for administering any intravenous fluids or blood products which may be necessary. The vigilant anesthesiologist will recognize any changes which occur in your vital signs, and medical treatment is given to return your vital signs to normal.
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