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Anesthesia For Outpatient Surgery & Procedures Treatment Information
Anesthesiologists control the discomfort or pain of minor and outpatient treatments by providing anesthesia or sedation for such procedures as:
- Gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy. During these procedures, a physician guides a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end through your gastrointestinal tract to check for conditions such as polyps, ulcers or cancer.
- Cardiac catheterization. Various minimally invasive cardiac procedures, such as placing a stent or pacemaker, require anesthesia to avoid pain and discomfort and to keep you still. For cardiac catheterization, a small incision is made in your wrist or groin so that physicians can guide flexible catheters through your arteries to affected areas. Cardiac catheterization may also be done in emergency situations, such as after a heart attack. In these instances, anesthesiologists provide careful monitoring of your condition, including managing your airways, blood pressure and heart rate.
- Shock wave lithotripsy. This procedure is used to break up kidney stones using thousands of shock waves. The shock waves are precisely targeted at kidney stones, causing them to break up so they can be passed more easily. The procedure can be painful, but anesthesia helps control pain and keep you comfortable.
- Imaging procedures. Some imaging procedures, such nuclear medicine or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), require you to lie still for long periods of time. If you experience anxiety during these procedures or have trouble lying still, you may receive some sedation to make the procedure easier. Children especially may require sedation or other anesthetic techniques for tests and procedures.
- Outpatient surgery. Outpatient surgical procedures are usually quicker than other surgeries and do not require a hospital stay. You may not even visit a hospital for these procedures, but instead go to surgical centers. These procedures can require different types of anesthesia depending on your condition, preferences and what the procedure entails.
Our ability to offer effective short-term anesthesia and pain control allows you to recover more quickly. We use several types of anesthesia for these procedures:
- Local anesthetic. Local anesthetic is usually injected into the part of your body that is undergoing the procedure. It numbs just the one area of your body so you do not feel pain, but are fully awake.
- Regional anesthesia. By injecting local anesthetic into or near nerves we can block all sensation in different parts of your body. You remain fully awake throughout the procedure.
- Sedation. Sedation makes you drowsy and less aware of the procedure you are undergoing. You may be sedated intravenously (through an IV) or by breathing in a gas through a mask. While you are not fully asleep in sedation, it is unlikely you will remember your procedure.
- General anesthesia. General anesthesia is administered through an IV directly into your bloodstream. When you have general anesthesia, you are completely asleep and unaware throughout the procedure.
After the procedure, you wake up quickly and are given effective pain control if needed. You can go home the same day so you can recover in familiar surroundings.
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Anesthesia For Outpatient Surgery & Procedures Support Services
Learn more about the anesthesiologist’s role in outpatient surgery and procedures. The websites below offer helpful information and may suggest questions to ask your anesthesiologist beforehand.
A Sampling of Anesthesia For Outpatient Surgery & Procedures Support Services
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
On this site, you can find answers to frequently asked questions about various types of endoscopy and colonoscopy.
You can find a thorough explanation of lithotripsy on this national government site so that you know what to expect before your procedure and understand what questions to ask your physician.
Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
This website provides a large quantity of information about how anesthesia is used in surgery centers. There is also a section of answers to common questions.