The anesthesiologist has a fundamental role in any surgical procedure, that goes beyond merely sedating the patient. The process begins with a thorough knowledge of the patient and the medical procedure to be performed, including where and by whom. Understanding this will help ensure maximum patient safety before, during and after surgery.

Fear of anesthesia?

Sometimes patients experience an irrational fear or uneasiness about anesthesia. This concern is mostly due to a lack of understanding about the field of anesthesiology, and therefore, the better informed a patient is the more at ease they should feel.

The ultimate goal of anesthesiologists is to provide optimal patient care and safety.

Anesthesiologist roles and responsibilities

The job of a physician anesthesiologist is to regulate a patient’s vital functions during surgery in order to keep them safe. Their roles and responsibilities include:

  • Before surgery: Evaluating and preparing the patient.
  • During surgery: Providing the necessary conditions for surgery: sedation, pain relief and muscle relaxation, as well as continuous monitoring of the patient’s vital signs.
  • After surgery: Continue monitoring the patient until they are able to be returned to a regular hospital room.

Pre-anesthesia consultation

Hospital Ochoa offers pre-anesthesia consultations as well as interdisciplinary consultations when required. These are necessary for pre-operation assessments, evaluating risks and establishing the most appropriate anesthetic procedure.

The anesthesiologists at Hospital Ochoa are all MIR-qualified, and able to perform any type of anesthetic procedure required by any of the hospital’s specialities, including:

  • General surgery.
  • Maxillofacial surgery.
  • Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
  • Vascular surgery.
  • Dermatology.
  • Digestive (endoscopic) procedures.
  • Gynaecology, obstetrics and fertility.
  • Odontology.
  • Pediatric dentistry.
  • Opthalmology.
  • Head and neck.
  • Podiatry.
  • Traumatology and Orthopedics.
  • Urology.
  • Anesthesia outside the operating theater.

Pain Management Unit

The anaesthesiologists also work within a multidisciplinary team called the Pain Management Unit.

This unit employs pharmacological therapies as well as other more invasive techniques, to treat acute and chronic pain.

Pediatric Dentistry

Most children can be treated on an outpatient basis by regular dentists. However, some dental patients need specialised care and treatment that requires an exceedingly equipped operating room and highly trained personnel.

Hospital Ochoa together with Equipo Azul Anestesia, have created the SURGICAL UNIT FOR PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY – the gold standard for specialised dental treatment on the Costa del Sol.

Hospital Ochoa’s facilities house a multidisciplinary dental center made up of odontologists, maxillofacial surgeons and pediatric anesthesiologists, all of whom are exclusively dedicated to treating children (as well as adults with special needs).

The operating rooms at Hospital Ochoa are fully equipped to undertake any type of conventional dental procedure.


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