Anesthesia Care

Any surgery requiring anesthesia, is provided by an anesthesiologist who is medically trained (MD or DO) and certified to perform the service. The type of anesthesia used is determined by your surgeon in consultation with the anesthesiologist.


Immediately prior to surgery your anesthesiologist will speak with you to determine which type of anesthesia will be the best choice for you and the procedure being performed. They may do a brief physical assessment and ask you about your medical history. Be sure to tell your anesthesiologist about any medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, and herbal/natural supplements. It is also important that you report any changes in your physical condition that arise before your day of surgery. At this time they will explain the care they will provide during your surgery and give you a chance to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have.   

 

There are several types of anesthesia most commonly used at SCFC including:


Local anesthesia numbs only the area being operated upon.  In addition an intravenous line (IV) may be used to deliver either Monitored Anesthesia Care, (see below), or Moderate Sedation.  Your surgeon is usually the one to perform the local anesthesia while an anesthesiologist performs the Monitored Anesthesia Care and a registered nurse may perform Moderate Sedation under the guidance of the surgeon.  


Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) relieves pain by relaxing you without putting you completely asleep although you may be so relaxed that you doze off and on and at times you may be aware of your surroundings. An anesthesiologist administers this type of anesthesia and monitors you throughout the procedure.


General anesthesia puts you to sleep during the entire procedure. An anesthesiologist administers this type of anesthesia and monitors you throughout the procedure.

 

Other types of anesthesia which may be used include epidural anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and regional anesthesia.  Please feel free to ask your anesthesia provider any questions you may have about the type of anesthesia they think will be best for you and the procedure you are having.