Okay to ask for an MD anesthesiologist? What's the norm?
I am wondering whether it's the norm to have an actual MD as an anesthesiologist, or whether a certified nurse anesthetist or tech is more common. What did you have, or do you know?
I have an issue with sedatives. I can't take benzodizapines like Valium and Versed, which are commonly used before surgery to calm you and knock you out a bit. Because I respond unusually to these drugs, I really want someone expert keeping me comfortable. Would it be unreasonable to ask for an MD if the team I go to usually uses a certified nurse anesthetist?
No offense to nurses intended! I am just a wierd case.
That being said, however, you should be able to request an MD to do your anesthesia. But, whoever you get, MAKE SURE they are aware of your problems with sedatives. A member of the anesthesia team should meet with you before the procedure to get a history, and that's the time to inform them of your issues. There should be adequate alternatives to make sure you are comfortable before and after surgery. Best of luck to you!