Anesthesia and Office Based Procedures
Office based procedures are a must for a wide range of doctors and other medical professionals. It is crucial that the right anesthesiologist be found and hired for all your in office procedures. Though major surgery is not something that is going to take place in an office setting, there are a wide range of procedures that can be done in office to help alleviate the stress and extra effort for the patient and doctor.
What is in Office Anesthesia?
There are three settings in which anesthesia is often used, hospitals, offices, and medical clinics. Hospitals keep anesthesiologist on hand at all times to help with both scheduled and unscheduled procedures and to make sure that patients are taken care of in all instances. Offices that perform some procedures may not have an anesthesiologist on hand at all times but are able to have one on staff when procedures are scheduled.
Those anesthesiologist that are employed in a doctor’s office are able to provide patients with the same type of anesthesia that they would get if they were in a hospital rather than a doctor’s office. They can perform a wide range of anesthesiology procedures and can ready patients based on their medical history and needs as well as the procedure that is being done.
What Types of Procedures are done in Office?
There are a wide range of procedures that cannot be done in office and an equal number that can. It is helpful to know just what procedures can be done in office and what procedures require a team of dedicated surgeons, nurses, and a hospital setting. The most common type of in office anesthesia has to do with oral surgery. This can include topical anesthesia, gaseous anesthesia and more. In some cases, the dentist is going to be qualified to provide the anesthesia.
Another type of surgery that can be done in office with the help of anesthesia is mole removal, biopsy, and even things like scopes. In the office of a plastic surgeon, things like liposuction, some breast augmentation, and other procedures can be done in office provided that the proper equipment, team, and anesthesia is provided. In office procedures are becoming more and more common with up to 30% of procedures being completed in office rather than in a hospital setting.
How Likely is it that I will Need in Office Anesthesia?
In most cases, you can opt to either have a procedure done in office or go to the hospital to have it done. If you do have the procedure done in office you are going to be back home sooner, have less trouble, and be able to get the procedure done faster. Depending on what type of doctor you are seeing, you may be very likely or not likely at all to need in office anesthesia.