The Anesthesia Fact Book: Everything You Need to Know Before Surgery

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Studies have shown that anesthesia regularly evokes more fear and anxiety for patients than the surgery for which it is being given. Yet despite this fact, most patients meet with their anesthesiologist for only about five minutes before surgery. The resulting unanswered questions and unresolved anxieties about anesthesia can unnecessarily weaken a patient both as he enters the operating room and in his recovery. Putting control back in the hands of the patient, The Anesthesia Fact Book reveals how various kinds ...

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Overview

Studies have shown that anesthesia regularly evokes more fear and anxiety for patients than the surgery for which it is being given. Yet despite this fact, most patients meet with their anesthesiologist for only about five minutes before surgery. The resulting unanswered questions and unresolved anxieties about anesthesia can unnecessarily weaken a patient both as he enters the operating room and in his recovery. Putting control back in the hands of the patient, The Anesthesia Fact Book reveals how various kinds of anesthesia work, answers the most common questions and concerns about the process, and provides information and strategies for achieving the safest, most comfortable, and least stressful anesthesia and surgery possible.

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Patients facing surgery are rightly concerned about the procedure itself and the anesthetic that they will receive. Yet many probably do not understand the important tasks of the anesthesia team in the operating room: monitoring vital signs, administering drugs, assuring smooth postoperative recovery, and relieving pain. In the past decade, at least seven books by anesthesiologists have been published that try to educate the public about this role. In the latest volume, Sweeny, an experienced anesthesiologist from California, covers four areas where patients might have questions: "Before Surgery," "General Anesthesia," "After Surgery," and "Types of Anesthesia Other Than General Anesthesia." In each section, the author covers the issues by answering a series of questions, such as "How will I be monitored while I'm under anesthesia?" and "How will my pain be managed after surgery?" Clear and relatively jargon-free, Sweeny's answers address topics and risks in some but not too much detail for the average reader. He also discusses anesthesia for children and in locations outside hospitals, such as the dentist's office. Recommended for public libraries that do not own a similar text but an optional purchase otherwise, depending on a library's budget. A good companion purchase would be Robert M. Youngson's The Surgery Book: An Illustrated Guide to 73 of the Most Common Operations.-A.J. Wright, Anesthesiology Lib., Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738208237
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

A fellow of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a practicing clinical anesthesiologist for almost twenty years, Frank Sweeny, M.D., has performed more than twenty thousand anesthetics. He lives in Newport Beach, California.

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