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Surgical Anesthesia Treatment Information
Our anesthesiologists administer advanced, specialized care before, during and after surgery, including:
Before surgery, we meet with you for an examination to learn about any special needs you have and to assess whether you are healthy enough for surgery. We ask questions about your health and medical history, as well as your preferences for pain management. We also strive to answer any questions you have about your surgery and put your mind at ease.
We share your anesthesia plan with you, such as whether you will be unconscious, sedated or only receive regional anesthesia and how long the anesthesia is in effect. Sedation is a milder form of anesthesia that does not put you into complete unconsciousness, but makes it unlikely that you will be aware of or remember anything during your procedure. Regional anesthesia means numbing only the part of your body affected by surgery, but otherwise keeping you awake. Each type of anesthesia is used for different reasons, which are explained to you before surgery.
When you are brought into the operating room, your anesthesiologist or a member of the anesthesia team administers your anesthesia medicine. You may breathe an anesthetic gas through a mask over your nose and mouth, receive a shot of regional anesthesia or have medicine given to you through your intravenous line (IV) straight into your bloodstream, according to your individual anesthesia plan.
During surgery, our anesthesiology providers constantly monitor your condition and vital signs, such as heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. We ensure your body responds well to anesthesia medicines as well as the surgery, and we focus on keeping you safe and comfortable throughout the procedure.
After surgery, you are taken into the postanesthesia recovery unit (PACU), which is also called the recovery room. A member of the anesthesiology team makes sure you remain stable and wake up as you should. Your anesthesiologist continues to manage your pain, nausea and any effects of anesthesia so that you remain comfortable and can participate in your recovery.
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Surgical Anesthesia Support Services
Learn more about anesthesiologists’ role in your surgical treatment and what to expect on the day of your surgery by visiting the websites below.
A Sampling of Surgical Anesthesia Support Services
Anesthesia Fast Facts
The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational research and scientific association that provides information about anesthesia.
When Seconds Count
This website provides information about preparing for surgery to help ensure you receive the highest-quality care.