The anesthesiologist is the physician responsible for the administration of drugs that will cause a patient to be unaware, or "asleep," during surgery.

The anesthesiologist also provides a secure airway, controls breathing, places various lines used to closely monitor your child during surgery, and administers the fluids and other drugs necessary to guide the patient safely through the surgery.

Anesthesiology is a big responsibility, and we recognize no two patients are the same. Therefore, it is important that an anesthesia team member meet with each family before surgery to discuss a patient's health history, examine the patient and review laboratory tests to assist planning an appropriate anesthetic. In addition, the anesthesiologist can explain what to expect on the day of surgery and the type of medications to be administered.

Most of these consultations will occur in the Same Day Surgery on the day before surgery. This will be a very busy day. You will meet with a cardiologist, a nurse practitioner, and an anesthesia team member.

Your child may also have a chest X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), blood tests and possibly an echocardiogram.

For patients requiring cardiac catheterization or transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE), most visits will occur on the day of the procedure.