Department of Anesthesiology at Zeus strives to deliver state-of-the art, excellent anesthesia services, pain management and intensive care in the pre-operative setting. The department is committed to place the interests of the patients as its paramount concern. The adoption of newer technology with a human touch has propelled us to reach greater heights. We ensure a work environment of mutual trust, understanding, appreciation and respect between the surgeons and anesthesiologists.
At Zeus we invite our patient for their pre-anesthetic evaluation where-in patient is asked to come to hospital so that we could know about patient’s medical history, knowing this before-hand facilitates us to make the best anesthesia plan for our patient. This process also allows patient to ask questions he might have further to this receives teaching about upcoming surgical procedure. In this meeting we discuss about the possible anesthetic methods, their benefits, risks and your preferences.
During this visit patient’s might to give blood sample for tests. More tests like ECG, X-ray and pulmonary function tests will be done if required. Sometimes we send you to see a medical physician or a cardiologist to make sure that you are ready to have your surgery. If you are worried about anesthesia, this is the time to talk about it. Patient will then be instructed by the surgeon to get admitted to the hospital on the morning of the surgery or an evening before.
Anesthesiologist cleans the back in the sitting/ lying down position, a very small injection of local anesthetic drug is given at the lower back to make the area numb, followed by pain free insertion of a hollow needle in the space between the spine, after confirming the epidural space very thin soft malleable epidural catheter is passed through the needle and the needle is removed. After giving the test dose, Anesthesiologist gives one dose of drug directly around the spinal cord or occasionally into the CSF, which gives almost immediate pain relief and then a continuous infusion is started for pain relief.
Post Operative Period
When the surgeon has finished the surgery, the anesthesia gases and drugs which we are giving will be withdrawn and reversal of anesthesia using drugs will be done. After surgery is over, your anesthesiologist will take you to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). If the operation is a simple one you may already be wide-awake, or if your surgery is more complex you could still be sleeping. In the PACU a nurse is assigned to your care and monitors for vital signs are attached. The nurse will continue to assess your well-being by checking vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate, your level of wakefulness, and your pain control requirements.
During this period your family will be able to come and see you. Once you have recovered from anesthesia and the medical staff has assessed that your condition is stable, and after consultation with anesthesiologist in- charge of your case, you will be discharged from the PACU to your room.