Need Surgery? Now What?
A Patient's Guide to Anesthesia
Brent Stewart, MD, MBA
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
The day of surgery causes a great deal of apprehension. It's a day of new experiences, much of which are feared to be unpleasant. Add the lack of control (along with a fair amount of hunger!), and it's no surprise that patients can be afraid and unhappy. This book provides information about what you or your loved ones can do to prepare for surgery, how anesthesia works, and how to best communicate with your doctors to understand your options. It contains sections on the various types of anesthesia, as well as what to expect for a number of particular surgical procedures. Knowledge and reassurance provide comfort. Comfort causes relaxation. Relaxation lowers stress. And lowered stress absolutely improves the surgical experience.
The author, Brent Stewart, M.D., M.B.A., is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist with a sincere interest in helping people to understand and be comfortable with anesthesia and anesthesia techniques. He sees similar concerns and hears similar questions every day. Dr. Stewart wants future patients to have the opportunity to learn about the anesthesia in advance, rather than during the stress immediately before surgery. Having been a patient himself, he knows the fears. He knows the worry. May this book provide you with useful information that will help you collaborate with your anesthesiologist about the day's anesthetic. Good luck to you.
A must read for patients
As an anesthesiologist, I found this book to be invaluable for patients. It is an easy read, full of information for those unfamiliar with surgery and anesthesia. It describes a variety of anesthetic options as well as a variety of surgical procedures. It is a great resource to make you an informed patient on the day you meet your anesthesiologist. This book takes the fear of the unknown (anesthesia) and makes it a lot less scary! Thanks, Dr. Stewart, for helping people understand what we do!