The best way to a smooth surgical procedure and reduced anxiety is to make certain you know what to expect during and after surgery. The more you are informed, the less you have to be anxious about. Prior to surgery, Dr. Mueller will review with you the type of anesthetic to be used, as well as the way you are likely to feel during and after the operation. This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have about any facet of the operation.
During surgery, one or more of the following may be used to control your discomfort and anxiety: local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Commonly, patients describe their feelings during surgery as comfortable and surprisingly pleasant. At Virginia Facial Surgery, Dr. Mueller will discuss these options with you and will make a recommendation based on your medical history, the procedure being performed and your anxiety level.
Dr. Mueller’s extensive anesthesia training
As a result of this extensive training, Dr. Mueller is well-prepared to identify, diagnose and assess the source of discomfort and anxiety, and to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of sedation and general anesthesia. Further, he is experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.
Dr. Mueller has had extensive training in anesthesia, is board certified, and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to administer anesthesia. In addition, Dr. Mueller lectures internationally on the subject of safe and effective anesthesia.
When performing longer, more complex procedures, Dr. Mueller employs an anesthesiologist to administer the anesthetic in his outpatient operating suite.