The gentle sleep called Anesthesia.
Anesthesia has made so many medical advances possible, no wonder it's called the gentle sleep. Our anesthesiologists are board certified or board eligible physicians who will be with you before, during and after your treatment.
Here is a list of the five main types of anesthesia that are available.
- General Anesthesia - a state of deep sleep
- IV Sedation - a state of light sleep
- Regional Anesthesia - the injection of a local anesthetic to provide numbness, loss of pain or loss of sensation to a large area of the body. These include spinal blocks, epidural blocks and arm and leg blocks. Medications can be given to cause drowsiness and blur your memory.
- Monitored Anesthesia Care - local anesthetic injections as well as constant monitoring by an anesthesiologist.
- Local Anesthesia - numbness to a small area and may be injected by the surgeon.
A few words about side effects:
The anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits of the different anesthetic options, in addition to any complications or side effects that can occur with each kind of anesthetic. Although this has become less of a problem because of improved anesthetic agents and techniques, some side effects continue to occur for a few patients.
Nausea or vomiting may be due to anesthesia or the type of surgical procedure, but there are medications available to treat it. The amount of discomfort a patient experiences will depend on several factors, especially the type of surgery. Although the doctors and nurses can relieve pain with medications to keep discomfort at a tolerable level, it may be impossible to be totally pain free.