- General Anesthesia
- Regional Anesthesia
- Obstetric Anesthesia Services
- Pediatric through Adult Care
- Acute Surgical Pain Management
- 24/7 Emergency Anesthesia Services.
Q: What are the different types of anesthesia?
A: General Anesthesia involves the complete loss of consciousness, which includes the loss of sensation, pain, and awareness. We achieve this with medications through an IV line.
Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) involves the use of IV medications to reduce pain and anxiety during procedures. We often use MAC along with local anesthetics.
Regional Anesthesia produces a short-term loss of feeling and movement to a certain area of the body.
Q: Why can I not have anything to eat or drink before surgery?
A: For your safety, it is important your stomach is empty before you have surgery. Most drugs used for anesthesia will decrease protective reflexes that keep stomach contents from entering the lungs. This process, known as aspiration, is rare but serious and can cause significant damage. We ask you not to have food or drink after midnight.
Q: What are the risks of anesthesia?
A: The risks of serious complications from anesthesia are very rare. Some medical conditions will put patients at an increased risk during surgery. We can identify risks and intervene when medical complications arise. It is important to talk with us about your medical conditions so we can identify potential risks in advance.
Q: Should I take my medications before surgery?
A: Whether you should take your medicine before surgery depends on what medications you are taking. Many medications and supplements interact with the medications given during anesthesia. Please talk to us about all your medications and supplements prior to the day of surgery.