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Dr Igor Oleinikov








Dr Igor Oleinikov is a consultant anaesthetist based in Melbourne.

He works in both the public health system at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and in private practice. He has been a member of the Northern Anaesthetic group of anaesthetists since 1995.
Dr Oleinikov has extensive experience in anaesthesia for:

Occuloplastic Surgery
Cataract Surgery
Vitreo Retinal Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Gynaecological Surgery

Contact Dr Igor Oleinikov today on (03) 9385 2444 to discuss your procedure.

About Dr Igor Oleinikov

Dr Igor Oleinikov is a qualified specialist anaesthetist, with over twenty years of experience. Melbourne born and educated. He graduated with honours from Monash University, and went on to specialise in his chosen field of anaesthesia with five years of specialist training through the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Oleinikov has held a range of specialist consultant roles, including St. Vincents Public Hospital, the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he currently works. In addition to his clinical and teaching roles in theatre he has taken on additional work with the anaesthetic quality assurance committee. He also has a busy private practice and is accredited at many of the private hospitals in Melbourne.
Dr Oleinikov is a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and is an active participant in their Continuing Professional Development Program. He is also a member of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the Australian Medical Association.

Outside of medicine he is a busy father of four and loves spending time with his family. He has always enjoyed sporting activities and has played hockey, football and basketball. He is a tragic Carlton supporter. Currently he enjoys playing golf and is a keen travel photographer.

What is Anaesthesia?

The word anaesthesia means ‘loss of sensation’. It can involve a simple local anaesthetic injection which numbs a small part of the body, such as a finger or around a tooth. It can also involve using powerful drugs which cause unconsciousness.

These drugs also affect the function of the heart, the lungs and the circulation. As a result, general anaesthesia is only given under the close supervision of an anaesthetist, who is trained to consider the best way to give you an effective anaesthetic but also to keep you safe and well.

The drugs used in anaesthesia work by blocking the signals that pass along your nerves to your brain. When the drugs wear off, you start to feel normal sensation again.

What is an Anaesthetist?

Anaesthetists are specialist doctors responsible for providing anaesthesia to patients for operations and procedures. Anaesthetists have a range of practice which extends beyond anaesthesia for surgery to include pain management and intensive care.

Anaesthetists generally form the largest specialty group of doctors in the hospital system. They are doctors who have chosen after qualifying to undertake postgraduate specialist training of at least five years in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain management.

Most consultant anaesthetists have developed subspecialist interests in a particular area of surgical practice, or in pain management or critical care. The standards of training in Australia are high and exacting.

Anaesthesia – Important information for Patients.

By clicking the button below, you’ll visit a page filled with in-depth information relating to Anaesthesia practices and, most importantly, what you as a patient should be aware in preparation for your procedure. Please visit this page and read these important details to ensure you are aware of the facts provided.

Health Questionnaire

If you have been booked in for a medical procedure you are welcome to fill in the health questionnaire by clicking the button below. It should only take a few minutes. The information will remain strictly confidential and will help enable the anaesthetic to be administered as safely as possible. After you submit the information you will receive an email confirming that Dr Oleinikov has received the information. Dr Oleinikov will also see you in person before your procedure to discuss any health issues and explain what will be involved with your anaesthetic.


Once you have been booked in for an operation we will send you a letter which will include a specific quote for the costs of the anaesthetic. The quote will include out of pocket expenses and the anticipated rebates from your health fund and Medicare. Sometimes if there is only a short time after your booking, the rooms may ring you. If you have not received a quote within two days of your planned procedure we encourage you to ring the rooms on 9385 2444.

Most patients will have an out of pocket expense which is not covered by the health fund. It can be difficult to provide an exact quote because there are many variable factors in determining the anaesthetic fee, including complexity of the procedure, the duration of the operation and underlying health issues. There are many different health funds and they frequently have different tables of schedules.

Patients coming in under the Department of Veterans Affairs or those with approval from TAC or WorkCover will have all of their account paid for by the appropriate body.