What Is an Anesthesiologist?

Anesthesiologist are Physicians who have completed medical school and then completed a residency in Anesthesiology.  As MD's they are part of the perioperative team with expertise to provide patients with anesthesia for a variety of procedures and surgeries.  Typical anesthetics range from mild sedation and monitoring for cataract surgery, anesthesia for endoscopy and colonoscopy, as well as anesthesia for major surgeries such as heart surgery and brain surgery.

Paul D. Weir, M.D. is a board certified physician anesthesiologist with five years of post medical school training.  Dr. Weir has a second board certification in Critical Care Medicine

Anesthesiologists are Doctors?

  As physicians with significantly longer and more extensive training than other classifications of anaesthesia practitioners, physician anesthesiologists are the most qualified to make anaesthesia related perioperative medical decisions. Physician anesthesiologists are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of patients before, during and after surgery.    This may include placing them in the state of controlled unconsciousness called “general anesthesia”, the provision of “regional anesthetics” where only a portion of the body is made numb, or administering sedation when indicated for the relief of pain or anxiety. These anesthetics provide continuous pain relief and sustain patients’ critical life functions as they are affected throughout surgical, obstetrical or other medical procedures. 

Paul D. Weir, M.D. has 30 years of experience in providing safe anesthesia care

What is a Regional Anesthesiologist?

Where as a General Anesthesiologist gives anesthesia for the entire body, a regional anesthesiologist gives anesthesia for a selected part of the body.  Most anesthesiology practices in West Hills provide both types of anesthesia.  The most common regional anesthetics that patients are familiar with are dental anesthesia and labor epidural anesthesia.

The basic principle is that a local anesthetic (novacaine, lidocaine or similar drugs) are placed next to one or more nerves and the nerves become numb.

The most common techniques are spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, upper extremity block for shoulder, hand or wrist surgery, and lower extremity blocks for hip, knee and ankle surgery.

Paul D. Weir, M.D. is proficient as regional anesthesia techniques