Surgical* procedures require an understanding of the forms of anesthesia available and how they correspond to any surgery.
Invasive* procedures require a good understanding of
anatomical layers and the hazards of performing the procedure.
Reduction* procedures require an understanding of the
injury mechanism, its effect on the structures and the manipulation
required to reverse the injury.
Airway* procedures require an understanding of the urgency
of the situation, the precise anatomy and any potential complications.
Backup procedures need to be ready to be used.
Most procedures require follow-up investigations* to
confirm the success of the procedure and the absence of complications
(cost and other factors such as irradiation* should be
taken into account when selecting such investigations).
Reading images may require knowledge of sectional anatomy*.
There is an old rule - 'see one, do one, teach one*'.
The surgeon has the advantage of a choice of anesthesia techniques
and agents suited to the proposed operation - but the decision should
be made in conjunction with the anesthesiologist (if involved).
The surgeon can concentrate on the operation if the anesthetic
duties are left to the anesthesiologist. Co-operation is vital.
The aim of general anesthesia (GA) is to provide unconsciousness,
analgesia and amnesia for surgical procedures or critical care.