You will see an anesthesiologist when you check in for your surgery. The following types of anesthesia are available:
- General anesthesia provides loss of consciousness
- Regional anesthesia involves the injection of a local anesthetic to cause numbness, pain relief or loss of sensation to a large region of the body. Regional anesthetic techniques include spinal blocks, epidural blocks, or arm leg blocks. Medications can be given to make you drowsy and blur your memory. It is routine to have no recall of the surgery or peri-operative period.
You will meet your anesthesiologist immediately before your surgery. Your anesthesiologist will review all information needed to evaluate your general health. This will include your medical history, laboratory test results, allergies, and current medications. Together, with this information, you will determine the type of anesthesia best suited for you. He or she will also answer any further questions you may have.
On surgery day, you will also meet your surgical nurses. Intravenous fluids will be started and pre-operative medications may be given, if needed. Once in the operating room, monitoring devices will be attached such as a blood pressure cuff, EKG, and other devices for your safety. At this point, you will be ready for anesthesia.