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Frequently Asked Questions


What is an anesthesiologist?
A specialist who administers an anesthetic to a patient before he is treated, or a physician specializing in anesthesiology.

What is Anesthesiology?
The American Society of Anesthesiologists has several excellent patient education articles on this subject.

What is pain medicine?
The ASA Says: In addition to the patient's pain being relieved or blocked entirely during a surgical procedure, it is equally important to provide adequate pain relief postoperatively for the patient's comfort and well-being... Read "The Management of Pain" brochure.
Additional Sources:
Pain Medicine in the Year 2020 - A study of pain medicine in two sample cases by Doris K. Cope, M.D.
Pain Medicine Video News Release - A short video produced by the ASA. (Real Media Player).

What is Perioperative Medicine?
Perioperative Medicine Anesthesia Anesthesiology Anesthesia and Critical Care Anesthesiology and Pain Management Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine or Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management. Phillip O. Bridenbaugh, M.D., President of the ASA takes a look at how the evolution of anesthesiology is driving the name changes. Click to read What's in a Name?