ANESTHESIA AND YOU
If you are faced with the possibility of needing surgery or a procedure such as an endoscopy, chances are you will receive some type of anesthesia. Decisions regarding your anesthesia are tailored specifically for you.
Before your surgery begins, an anesthesiologist will speak to you to evaluate your medical condition, review your chart and plan your particular anesthetic, taking into consideration any physical problems you may have such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, or unusual heart and circulation conditions. Many times, additional information is required to assess your medical condition. For this reason, blood tests, an electrocardiogram or X-rays may be done either before the day of surgery or on the same day as your scheduled operation. A medical evaluation by your primary care physician or cardiologist may also be necessary.
If you have particular concerns, you should discuss them with your anesthesiologist. Your anesthesiologist is personally responsible for your comfort and well-being. A member of your anesthesia team will be with you throughout your procedure.
The type of anesthesia you receive depends on your general health and the type of surgical procedure, as well as your preferences whenever possible. Based on information gathered from your records and preanesthesia visit, potential choices for your anesthetic care will be discussed with you.
There are four types of anesthesia:
- General Anesthesia
- Regional Anesthesia
- Monitored Anesthesia Care
Ambulatory anesthesia is tailored to meet the needs of ambulatory surgery so you can go home soon after your operation. Short-acting anesthetic drugs and specialized anesthetic techniques as well as care specifically focused to your needs are used to make your experience safe and pleasant.