NSW - Sydney Specialist Anaesthetist (MBBS FANZCA BSc (honours))
My name is Dr Anna Pedersen and I will be your Anaesthetist. I will work closely with your surgeon to ensure you receive the best care possible.
Why do you need an anaesthetist?
I have trained for 20 years as a doctor to become fully qualified as a consultant in the specialty of anaesthesia (Specialist Anaesthetist). I have been trained to the exacting standards of the only recognised governing body (The Australian and New Zealand college of anaesthetists or ANZCA) that trains medical doctors to become anaesthetists in Australia. An anaesthetist is a medical specialist who helps you through your operation.
What does that mean for you?
I will meet with you in person on the day of surgery and I will be able to answer any further questions that you may have. Once we are in the operating theatre you will have monitoring applied. The choice of anaesthetic will be determined by the surgery and other factors, such as your preference. For a general anaesthetic I will administer medicine through an intravenous cannula. Alternatively I may perform regional anaesthesia such as spinal anaesthetic or a nerve block technique; for eye surgery an ‘eye block’ is commonly used. These can be used in conjunction with sedation for your comfort. I will be with you constantly throughout the surgery, monitoring you and continuing your anaesthetic until the surgery is completed. I will watch you closely as you wake up and be there to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.
What do you need to do?
I would appreciate you taking the time to fill out the pre operative questionnaire so that I better understand your specific anaesthetic needs and requirements. The information you provide is invaluable in helping me choose the best anaesthetic for you. For your peace of mind I can assure you that the information you provide is completely secure and deleted after your anaesthetic is given. Please submit your health information as soon as possible.
What are the risks?
Anaesthesia is extremely safe. Nonetheless, every anaesthetic has some risk. There are minor complications that may be unpleasant, and there are major complications that occur very rarely. I will discuss the relevant risks with you when we talk, and I would encourage you to ask me any specific questions that you may have.
What are the fees?
The fee for your anaesthetic is primarily dependent on the procedure, your state of health and the time spent under my care. There will be an out-of-pocket expense, otherwise known as ‘the gap’, and this will depend on your health insurance. The anaesthetic fee may need to be paid in full before the day of surgery.
Your feedback is welcome I welcome feedback from my patients. Once you have recovered from your admission to hospital, I would very much appreciate it if you complete my post-op feedback form.
I look forward to providing you with a high level of personalised anaesthesia care. Should you require any further information, please follow the links to my pages on post-operative analgesia and my FAQs, or feel free to contact me directly.
Dr Anna Pedersen
Sydney Specialist Anaesthetist
Dr Anna Pedersen
Dr Anna Pedersen is an Anaesthetist based in NSW - Sydney Australia.
Dr Anna Pedersen
NSW - Sydney Anaesthetist
MBBS FANZCA BSc (honours)