Commitment to Patient-Centered Care We believe education is the best strategy to drastically limit post-operative complications. If you have any questions pre-procedure regarding the anesthetic process, what type of anesthesia you will receive, and what to expect post operatively please consider us a resource to answer your questions. There is a great deal of fear and uncertainty with having surgery and we are here to help.
TYPES OF ANESTHESIA There are basically four types of anesthetics that can be delivered. We recommend discussing which method will be used for your procedure and educating yourself about what to expect and any possible side-effects. Video explanations to each type can be found within our website.
What is anesthesia? The goal of anesthesia is to administer medications through various techniques to assure your comfort and safety during a surgical procedure. Your anesthesiology professional, in consultation with your surgeon and you, will determine the safest type of anesthesia for you.
General Anesthesia: This type of anesthetic involves the entirety of the body and brain with no sensation felt whatsoever. Regional Anesthesia: This is the process of injecting a local anesthetic to a specific location on the body. Some examples of a regional anesthetic are spinal, epidural, upper/lower blocks, and intravenous blocks. A regional anesthetic is generally applied to reduce post-operative pain. MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care): This anesthetic is delivered to provide loss of sensation then delivered intravenous drugs to enhance a relaxed or drowsy sensation. You will be monitored by an anesthesiologist during this anesthetic. Local Anesthesia: This type of anesthetic is the least intrusive and is simply numbing a very small area that generally does not require the presence of an anesthesiologist and can be performed by the surgeon.