Surgery Center

Anesthesia Information

You Will Have An Opportunity to Ask Questions

Anesthesia services ensure that you are comfortable during your operation or procedure. The type of anesthesia to be used will be chosen by your anesthesiologist after talking with you about which options are appropriate for you. You will have an opportunity to speak to your anesthesiologist before surgery, so please write down any questions you may have.

What's the Best Anesthesia for Me?

Types

Expected Results/Techniques

Risks

General

 

Total state of unconsciousness. The drug is injected into the blood stream and inhaled into the lungs. A breathing tube may be placed in the windpipe.

 

Mouth or throat pain, hoarseness, injury to mouth or teeth, awareness under anesthesia

 

Spinal or Epidural

 

Temporary decrease or loss of feeling and/or movement to lower part of the body. A drug is injected through a needle/catheter placed either directly into the spinal canal or immediately outside the canal. Medication may also be given to relax you.

 

Headache, back or leg pain, infection, persistent weakness or numbness

 

Major/Minor Nerve Block

 

Temporary loss of feeling and/or movement of a specific limb or area. Drugs are injected near nerves providing numbness to the area of the operation.

 

Infection, convulsions, weakness, persistent numbness, injury to blood vessels

 

Intravenous Regional

 

Temporary loss of feeling and/or movement of a limb. Drugs are injected into veins of the arm or leg while using a tourniquet.

 

Infection, convulsions, weakness, persistent numbness, injury to blood vessels

 

Monitored Anesthesia

 

Reduced anxiety and partial or total amnesia. Drugs are injected into the blood stream and breathed into lungs producing a semi-conscious state.

 

An unconscious state, depressed breathing

 

 

 

Surgery Center

Phone: (585) 341-6707
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 4

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