Anesthesia is a crucial part of your surgical procedure.  An anesthesiologist will discuss with you the anesthetic to be used.

There are four basic types of anesthesia:

  1. General Anesthesia:  puts you to sleep throughout your surgery.
  2. Spinal Anesthesia/Epidural Anesthesia:  anesthetizes you from the waist down.  You will also receive sedation.
  3. Regional Anesthesia:  anesthetizes the part of your body where surgery is to take place, such as an arm, hand or leg.  You will also receive sedation.
  4. Sedation/Local Anesthesia (MAC): sedation is administered to you through an intravenous catheter while the surgeon administers a local anesthetic around your surgical site to numb the area.

The type of anesthesia you will receive is a decision made by you, your surgeon and your anesthesiologist.

The anesthesiologist will interview you and review your medical history and laboratory tests. 

Preparation for anesthesia and your safety are the anesthesiologist’s primary concerns.  It is important to report any changes in your physical condition after your pre-admission testing has been completed.  The anesthesiologist is available to answer your questions.

Staff will insert an intravenous catheter (IV).  At this time, the surgeon’s assistant or a resident may visit you.  Depending on your anesthesia, a small amount of antacid may be given to you by mouth.  If needed, a mild sedative will be given through the IV line to help you relax.