Anesthesia Topics

Anesthesia Topics


The field of anesthesiology may touch a patient throughout all ages of one’s life as well as through a variety of circumstances.  The following information is divided up into key areas of specialty for anesthesiology.

You may be surprised at all of the areas of medicine anesthesiologists lend expertise to such as pediatrics, pain medicine, geriatric care, and obstetrics. Click on the links below and see how anesthesia is used to help people in a number of areas, from pre-operational procedures to post-care.

Anesthesia and Malignant Hyperthermia

Anesthesia Awareness

Ambulatory Surgery Safety

ASA Releases Vital Health Report 2

Children and Surgery

Herbal and Dietary Supplement Use and Anesthesia

Labor and Delivery

Medical Tourism

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Obesity and Anesthesia

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Operating Room Fires

Pain Medicine

Pediatric Obesity and Anesthesia

Robo Tripping and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among Children

Seniors and Anesthesia

Smoking and Surgery

Vital Health

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What is Anesthesiology

Total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.


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In Case of Emergency

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Come Prepared

Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.