Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who give patients drugs to relieve pain or put them to sleep during surgery.  Anesthesia is focused on management of pain during and after surgery.  Anesthesiologists must be familiar with the patient’s conditions in order to determine the best options for anesthesia. An anesthesiologist will review medical charts, ask about known allergies and read the comments of family doctors and specialists. Anesthesiologists meet with patients prior to surgery or on the day of the surgery.  They discuss possible risks, listen to concerns and answer questions. Together with the patient, the surgeon and other doctors, anesthesiologists decide which methods and medicines to use. Anesthesiologists administer the drugs and monitor the patient during surgery.

See also the section on Anesthesia.

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