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02/28/2013
By: aaronleasure
Dr. Douglas Rex Hess, MD
I see Dr.Hess, he is a great doctor.He is a straight shooter,honest,extremely helpful,will work with you,and very caring.He had seen my father and cousin, and i know how much he did for them both.They would say the same thing about him and I can"t even begin to say how thankful and appreciative I am for what he has done for my family and I.My father passed away a year ago on March 23 from pneumonia,enlarged heart and sleep apnea(he was not using his machine stubbornly),but Dr.Hess called my mother right away and gave his regards and to see if there was anything he could do.Thank you for your help Dr.Hess for all your help and understanding.(a truly great by the book and caring doctor)
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Yes, anesthesiologist complete four years of medical school plus additional training.
There are three different types of anesthesia:
  • Local anesthesia temporarily stops pain in a specific area. It is often used for local surgeries and administered via an injection and allows patients to remain conscious.
  • Regional anesthesia stops pain in a large portion of the body, such as an arm or leg, while the patient remains conscious. Major types of regional anesthesia include:
    • Peripheral nerve blocks: An anesthetic is injected near a bundle of nerves that transmit sensations from a specific area. For example, an anesthesiologist would administer a nerve block near a patient's arm to numb that entire area, allowing the surgeon to operate.
    • Spinal anesthetic: The anesthetic is injected into the lower back near the spinal cord, causing the lower body to go numb. This type is most commonly used for orthopedic procedures and surgery in the rectal, pelvic, or abdominal regions.
    • Epidural anesthetic: This is similar to a spinal anesthetic but is used primarily for labor/childbirth, and surgery of the lower limbs. Instead of an injection, the medication is administered through a thin catheter inserted into the area near the spinal cord.
  • General anesthesia, which is either inhaled through a breathing mask/tube or administered via an IV line, ┬ácauses the patient to fall completely unconscious.
Common procedures anesthesiologists perform include:
  • Administering and managing anesthesia
  • Managing and addressing changes in important life functions during surgery, including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing
  • Diagnosing and treating medical problems that arise during and immediately after surgery
Anesthesiologist do not have to be board certified, although approximately 75 percent of them are. They must be licensed to practice within their state, however, and can obtain additional specialty certifications in critical care and pain management.
Procedural sedation, previously known as conscious sedation, is a process where a patient is given a sedative that reduces discomfort and awareness but does not result in a full sedation. This allows the patient to undergo uncomfortable procedures while still maintaining control over his or her breathing.

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