What to Know About Anesthesia [Video]
Ask the Expert: Anesthesia Video Series
About the video: What do I need to know about Anesthesia?
Anesthesiologist experts Douglas Dubbink, M.D. and Stephen Gott, M.D. answer the question, what do I need to know about Anesthesia?
Meet Douglas Dubbink, M.D.
Dr. Dubbink’s approach: “My goal is to improve my patient’s surgical experience. I strive to provide calm gentle reassurance for patients who are anxious about anesthesia and ensure that every patient is skillfully cared for throughout their entire procedure. When a patient awakens after surgery and openly wonders why they were so nervous previously, I know I’ve done my job.”
Dr. Dubbink’s education: Dr. Dubbink earned is undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He then went on to attend Medical School at Michigan State University. Dr. Dubbink completed his Anesthesiology Residency as well as a Fellowship in Pain Management at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN.
Meet Stephen Gott, M.D.
Dr. Gott’s approach: “Anesthesia and surgery can be a very anxious experience for most patients. It is my responsibility to ease that anxiety and fear. By applying the latest in anesthesia techniques and pharmacology to your specific surgery, I am able to optimize your safety and comfort throughout your surgical course.”
Dr. Gott’s education: Dr. Gott studied at the University of Minnesota, first earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology and then continuing on to complete Medical School. Dr. Gott completed his anesthesiology residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, MN.
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More resources for you
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Anesthesia is the science and practice of taking care of people that are having a procedure which they would really not be able to hold still for or tolerate or be able to withstand without having the anesthetic. And that can range from anything from cardiac bypass to a radiologic procedure in the OR suite. And in the orthopedic world, the anesthesia has evolved to be more encompassing from the standpoint of we have to anticipate some postoperative issues that keep people in the hospital. And those would include things such as pain, nausea, difficulties ambulating, possibly some urinary retention, or those issues that keep people in the hospital. And we anticipate those well enough that we can develop an anesthetic that addresses those and not keep people in the hospital. Depending on the type of surgery that you’re going to need, you’re either going to go to sleep and/or get a regional anesthetic. Sleeping is where we render you unconscious, so that you’re not aware or feeling anything during surgery when the surgeon’s working. But the same applies also for regional anesthesia. What we would do is just numb up a particular arm or leg or what have you and sedate you during the case, so that you, again, don’t feel any pain and you’re comfortable during the surgery.
Douglas A. Dubbink, M.D.
“My goal is to improve my patient’s surgical experience. I strive to provide calm gentle reassurance for patients who are anxious about anesthesia and ensure that every patient is skillfully cared for throughout their entire procedure. When a patient awakens after surgery and openly wonders why they were so nervous previously, I know I’ve done my job.”
Stephen T. Gott, M.D.
“Anesthesia and surgery can be a very anxious experience for most patients. It is my responsibility to ease that anxiety and fear. By applying the latest in anesthesia techniques and pharmacology to your specific surgery, I am able to optimize your safety and comfort throughout your surgical course.”
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