Types of Anesthesia

Different types of surgery require different types of anesthesia.  Based on the type of procedure you are having, along with the information about your medical history, your anesthesiologist will discuss the anesthetic plan with you.  We will inform you about the risks, the benefits, possible alternatives, and common issues patients may experience after the type of anesthesia you will receive.

Monitored Anesthesia Care/Sedation – Your anesthesiologist will closely monitor you while reducing anxiety and pain and providing partial or total amnesia.  Patients having this type of anesthesia are typically responsive during part or all of the procedure.

Regional Anesthesia – Your anesthesiologist or surgeon will inject local anesthetic(s) near nerves which supply an area of your body where the procedure will be performed (or has been performed). This is commonly used in conjunction with sedation or general anesthesia.  Regional anesthesia includes spinals, epidurals, single injection nerve blocks, and nerve block catheters.  Commonly these blocks will help reduce pain and side effects from other pain medications for hours to days following your surgery.

General Anesthesia –  Your anesthesiologist will give you medications through your IV and/or inhaled gases which render you completely anesthetized.  It is commonly necessary to use a breathing device to help support your breathing during this type of anesthesia that is placed after you are completely asleep.