At Surgery Center of Fairfield County, LLC the entire Department of Anesthesiology is comprised of Board-Certified Physician Anesthesiologists. We have extensive experience in Anesthesia for both children and adults.
Barry D. Stein, MD, MBA – Managing Partner
Dr. Barry D. Stein is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his training in anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City while earning a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Stein is the Medical Director of the Surgery Center of Fairfield County and the North Haven Surgery Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Lawrence A. Schwartz, MD – Partner
Dr. Lawrence A. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Columbia University Medical School. He completed his training in anesthesiology at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Schwartz is the past Medical Director of Beth Israel’s Philips Ambulatory Care Center in New York City. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Phillis Beberman-Jennes, DO
Dr. Phillis Beberman-Jennes is a graduate of Clark University and the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her training in anesthesiology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City and a fellowship in Pain Management at the Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Monica S. Ganatra, MD, MPH
Dr. Monica S. Ganatra, MD, MPH graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. She earned her medical degree and master’s in public health at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her anesthesiology residency and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ganatra is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and double board certified in both anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology.
Christine S. Rinder, MD
Dr. Christine S. Rinder is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She received her training in anesthesiology at the Maine Medical Center where she also completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Anesthesia. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Merton A. Smith, MD, PhD
Dr. Merton A. Smith is a graduate of the University of Nevada and received his medical degree and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed his training in anesthesiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Thomas Wong, MD
Dr. Thomas Wong is a graduate of Columbia University and received his medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed his training in anesthesiology at Yale New Haven Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Anesthesiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Wong is also Director of Regional Anesthesia at the West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Laurie A. Yonemoto, MD
Dr. Laurie A. Yonemoto is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her training in anesthesiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Kristin Daley, MD
Dr. Kristin Daley grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and earned her undergraduate degree in Political Economy at Williams College. She graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and stayed in New York City for residency training in anesthesiology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She took an opportunity to practice in Charleston, SC for 7 years before returning to New England where her heart is. Kristin’s professional interests include patient safety, regional blocks for orthopedic surgery, and Pediatric anesthesia. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. She enjoys playing squash and tennis in her spare time.
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Each patient should be given his or her own instructions. Please note that if you eat or drink when you were not supposed to, you could markedly increase the risks of anesthesia. Please follow your instructions very carefully. See sections on Anesthesia Frequently Asked Questions and preparing for Surgery.
Some medications should be taken and others should not. It is important to discuss this with your physicians. Please have a list of all your medications with you on the day of surgery.
You must make arrangements for a responsible adult to take you home after your surgery. You will not be able to drive yourself home. You may not be alone the first 24 hours.
Many patients are apprehensive about anesthesia and surgery. If you are well informed, you will be better prepared and more relaxed. Talk with your anesthesiologist and ask questions. Your anesthesiologist is your advocate and is experienced in making your surgery and recovery as safe and comfortable as possible.
What to expect
In addition to pain medications, we offer several nerve blocks for some types of surgery. Most blocks can be performed in the preoperative area under mild sedation and are tolerated very well. Your anesthesiologist will discuss a nerve block if one is available for your type of surgery. A nerve block or blocks are available for surgery on your shoulder, arms, hands, legs, knees, ankles. Eligible types of surgery include broken bones, shoulder surgery, tears in tendons. An injection placed under ultrasound guidance can mostly reduce or completely eliminate the pain of surgery for 8 to 24 hours. Many times, no additional pain medicine is needed in the recovery room. Nausea and vomiting risk is also reduced or eliminated. Some surgeries require that we perform a block in order to be able to do the surgery in a same day surgery center.
Your anesthesiologist will interview you prior to the procedure. The anesthesiologist will ask questions about your medical history and review any laboratory tests that have been done. You and your anesthesiologist together will then formulate an anesthetic plan. You will discuss anesthetic choices including risks and benefits. The anesthetic plan will be tailored specifically for you by taking into account your general medical condition, the type of surgical procedure and your preferences. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns that you may have with your anesthesiologist.
In the Operating Room
In the operating room, your anesthesiologist is uniquely qualified and personally responsible for directing your anesthetic. Anesthesiologists are medical specialists who ensure your comfort and make informed medical decisions to protect you. Your physical status is closely monitored. Vital functions such as heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, temperature and breathing are managed. The anesthesiologist will be with you throughout your procedure.
Recovery After Surgery
You will be taken to the post-anesthetic care unit, often called the recovery room. Your anesthesiologist will direct the monitoring and medications to ensure your safe recovery. Your vital functions will be closely monitored by specially trained nurses. Medications to minimize postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting are given as needed. Nausea and vomiting tend to be less of a problem today because of improved anesthetic agents and techniques although it still occurs quite often. When you are ready, you will be offered something to drink. A family member or friend may be allowed to be with you, and you will be assisted in getting up. Most patients are ready to go home between 1-2 hours after surgery. Oral and written instructions will be given. You will also be given a telephone number to call if you have any concerns when you get home. In general, for the first 24 hours after your anesthesia:
- Do not drink alcohol or use nonprescription medication
- Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery
- Do not make important decisions
- You may not be left alone that first day
Be prepared to go home and continue your recovery there. Patients may experience drowsiness or minor side effects such as muscle aches, sore throat, headaches and mild nausea. These usually decline rapidly in the hours following surgery. Most patients do not feel up to their usual activities the next day. Plan to take it easy for a few days. The following business day you will be contacted to see how you feel and if there are any problems.