So exactly who is going to administer your anesthesia?

One common misconception about anesthesiology is that a patient receives anesthesia only from a doctor; in fact, a patient's anesthetist may have far less medical training than a doctor. An anesthetist is defined as any individual that administers anesthesia. An anesthetist can be an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist, typically referred to as a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist).

An anesthesiologist is a doctor of medicine-a physician licensed to practice medicine and treat medical complications. Prior to becoming an anesthesiologist, such an individual has graduated with a bachelor's degree from a four-year college with a background in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, after which he or she completes four years of medical school. Graduation from medical school is followed by four years of specialized training in anesthesiology. Additionally, some anesthesiologists have advanced training in pediatric anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and critical care medicine. The American Board of Anesthesiology provides board certification for anesthesiologists.

A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) has earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, after which two additional years are spent in formal training of anesthesiology. A CRNA is not licensed to practice medicine, and cannot introduce himself or herself as a doctor. To confuse matters, CRNAs may not even use the term "nurse"; rather, they may say they are "with anesthesia" or part of an "anesthesia care team."

Compared to CRNAs, the extensive training of an anesthesiologist implies an important role in surgery. Not only does the anesthesiologist carefully regulate critical life functions during surgery, he or she must also make immediate diagnoses and prompt treatments of any medical problems that arise during the perioperative period.

North Central Anesthesia Consultants is comprised only of anesthesiologists. These anesthesiologists provide direct and continual anesthetic care of the patient—there are no nurses or other assistants conducting anesthesia. In the same manner, a doctor is personally performing the surgery; a doctor is personally performing the anesthetic.

While these qualities may reflect any group of anesthesiologists, the doctors of NCAC deliver distinctively efficient, safe, and compassionate care. Our strong training backgrounds make us eminently qualified to perform a variety of anesthetic techniques, but our many years of practicing medicine makes North Central Anesthesia Consultants a premier anesthesia provider.

So, who is going to administer your anesthesia? You and your family have chosen a surgeon to perform a procedure. Who administers your anesthesia is also your choice.