Meeting the Anesthesiologist
Meeting the anesthesiologist (the doctor who will put your child to sleep for surgery) is an opportunity to find out what options you have for anesthesia for your child. Before surgery, the anesthesiologist will visit you to discuss options for administering anesthesia.
An intravenous (IV) is one option for anesthesia (medicine causing sleepiness for surgery). This involves a poke with a needle that places a small tube into your child's hand or arm. The doctor will inject medication into the tubing to help your child go to sleep for surgery.
A mask to breathe in anesthesia is the second option. This will be placed over your child's mouth and nose. This method is usually chosen for infants and small children.
If you have any questions, feel free to talk with the anesthesiologist or anyone on your health care team.