Michael Garron Hospital's (MGH) Department of Anesthesia is committed the highest standard of care to the patient undergoing surgery. This includes a continued emphasis on patient safety and quality. Your anesthesiologist will perform a careful preoperative evaluation of your health status in order to care for you during your surgery. This may occur in the preoperative assessment clinic in advance of surgery or on the day of your surgery. The anesthesiologist then performs a checklist of all equipment necessary to provide you with a safe and pain free anesthetic during surgery.

Once in the operating room, your anesthesiologist may discuss with you the type of anesthesia administered to you. It may be a complete general anesthetic or a regional anesthetic where a region of your body only is anaesthetized. Options for pain control after surgery may also be discussed including oral medication, intravenous medication or local anesthetics and delivered to areas of your body where you have had surgery.

Your anesthesiologist will also participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety checklist with all members of the surgical team to ensure “all systems are go” prior to the administration of your anesthesia. During your surgery your vital functions are closely monitored and anesthesia is maintained with your anesthesiologist in attendance at all times.

At the conclusion of your surgery or procedure, your anesthesiologist will allow you to emerge from your anesthesia and you will recover the with help of recovery room nurses who will also attend to your pain and/or discomfort.

We are affiliated with the University of Toronto and participate in the education of future anesthesiologists enrolled in the University of Toronto anesthesia residency program as well as in the training of family physicians who wish to acquire advanced skills in anesthesia with an additional year of training. The department is also actively involved in the education of medical students, dentists with training in anesthesia/sedation, and emergency room physicians.

We continue to strive to ensure your anesthesia and pain are treated at the highest standards of care.

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