Anesthesia

anesthesia-photoKeeping you comfortable, safe and pain-free

Our anesthesiologist will visit you in pre-op before you are taken into surgery. This physician will ask more details about your health history, medications and personal or family history with anesthesia. Your vital signs will be assessed, along with any lab results or pre-surgery tests, and the impact your height and weight may have on the medications you receive. We invite you to ask questions and share any concerns or preferences. Together, you will decide which anesthesia is best for your surgery.

It is natural to experience some apprehension about anesthesia. We offer the following overview to relieve your worry and help you feel safe and comfortable.

Types of Anesthesia

  • Moderate Sedation (MAC): places patient in a relaxed, “twilight” state, as if you are asleep but still able to be aroused.
  • Regional anesthesia: anesthetizes the part of the body to be treated and is often used in conjunction with MAC or general anesthesia.
  • General anesthesia: places patient in an unconscious state during the surgery.

 

The type of anesthesia you receive will be determined by the procedure, your medical history and preferences. Some anesthesia can influence your time in recovery; but the primary factor in recovery is your medical status.