Facts about Surgical Anesthesia
Anesthesia is an important part of an operation, not only in relieving pain, but also making the operation easier, faster and safer. Anesthesia may involve all or part of your body.
Usually, general anesthesia for adults is started with an injection into the intravenous tubing and is continued by a gas. During regional anesthesia only a portion of the body is anesthetized, but sedatives will be used to keep you relaxed and sleeping if desired. Sometimes an anesthesiologist may use a combination of regional and general anesthesia.
If you are pregnant or think you might be, it is important to tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist.
Who administers the Anesthetic?
Anesthesia is given by specially trained doctors called anesthesiologists and by specially trained nurses call Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. These specialists work as a team to provide your anesthesia care throughout your operation.
How will the Anesthetic be selected?
An anesthesiologist will study your chart and talk with you and your surgeon about your health and the operation. This information is used to decide the type of anesthesia best for you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the anesthesiologist about your anesthetic. Consideration will be given to your personal preferences and previous anesthetic experience.
What are some of the possible side effects of Anesthesia?