Anesthetic Advancements: Tailored to You [Video]

Ask the Expert: Anesthesia Video Series

About the video: Advancements in Anesthesia?

Anesthesiologist experts Thomas Losasso, M.D. and Douglas Dubbink, M.D. explain how Summit Orthopedics can tailor an anesthetic to each individual’s needs.

Meet Thomas Losasso, M.D.

Dr. Losasso’s approach: “At Summit, we use cutting-edge anesthesia and surgical protocols to optimize patient outcomes, but it’s also important to understand that each patient is special and has unique needs, wants, concerns, and fears regarding their care. Recognizing this helps us to customize the experience. We provide patients with state-of-the-art anesthesia care and an experience like no other ­- my personal goal is to make it great and to make it easy for you.”

Dr. Losasso’s education: Dr. Losasso earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University. He then went on to Medical School at Loyola University School of Medicine in Maywood, IL. Dr. Losasso completed his anesthesiology residency which included neuroanesthsia at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

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.

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Video Transcription

When we look at the different things we use, we now have drugs that are shorter reacting, with better side effect profiles, which are just easier for people to tolerate. So the whole category of drugs we use are vastly improved. Each day that someone comes in for an orthopedic procedure with Summit Orthopedics, know that we can tailor an anesthetic to that individual’s needs. We have pathways that have been very effective, which is very exciting and very optimistic. We also have monitoring capability that allows us to assess for problems when they occur, to diagnose them quicker, and treat them more accurately and aggressively. The other thing that’s really been quite dramatic: we have adopted the use of ultrasound technology to help us when we do a peripheral nerve block, a regional anesthetic technique. With the ultrasound technology, we’re able to identify the nerve structures we want to block. If a person comes in and they have had bad experiences with whatever kinds of anesthesia they’ve had in the past, we can tailor that anesthetic to their needs. Anticipating the postoperative problems that occur, we want to mitigate those as much as we can. That person is the main focus of what we do, so we can make something work for anyone.

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  • Thomas Losasso MD

    Thomas J. Losasso, M.D.

    “At Summit, we use cutting-edge anesthesia and surgical protocols to optimize patient outcomes, but it’s also important to understand that each patient is special and has unique needs, wants, concerns, and fears regarding their care. Recognizing this helps us to customize the experience. We provide patients with state-of-the-art anesthesia care and an experience like no other ­- my personal goal is to make it great and to make it easy for you.”

    More about this expert

  • Douglas Dubbink MD

    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.”

    More about this expert

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