Q: Is anesthesia safe?
A: Statistics show that anesthesia today is safer and more effective than ever before. Advancements in monitoring technology and anesthetic drugs, extensive specialty education and training, and high professional standards have made the administration of anesthesia one of the safest aspects of a surgical or obstetrical procedure.
Q: Will someone stay with me throughout my surgery?
A: The anesthesia provider stays with you for the entire procedure, constantly monitoring every important function of your body and individually modifying your anesthetic to ensure your maximum safety and comfort.
Q: Are there different types of anesthesia?
There are three basic types of anesthesia: General anesthesia produces a
loss of sensation throughout the entire body; regional anesthesia produces
a loss of sensation in a specific region of the body; and local anesthesia
produces a loss of sensation in a small, specific area of the body.
Q: What determines which type of anesthesia is best for me?
A: The anesthesia chosen for you is based on factors such as your physical condition, the types of medication you are taking, the nature of the surgery and your reactions to medications.
Q: Do different types of patients require different types of anesthesia?
A: Many factors go into determining the best anesthetic and administration technique for each person. Pregnant patients, children, older adults and patients with hereditary disorders such as diabetes or sickle cell anemia all require special consideration. Even lifestyle choices such as tobacco and alcohol use can influence the anesthesia selection process.
Q: Tell me what to expect when I go for my anesthesia?
A: During the procedure, anesthesia allows you to be free of pain. All anesthesia care is provided with the highest degree of professionalism, including constant monitoring of every important body function. In addition to the nurse anesthetistís role in the procedure itself, they also make many preparations for the patient before surgery. So it is important that the patient take an active role in these preparations by communicating and cooperating with their nurse anesthetist and surgeon. For example, frank and open discussion with the nurse anesthetist is key in the selection of the best anesthetic. In particular, the patient must speak freely and follow instructions closely regarding the intake of medications, food, or beverages before anesthesia. Such substances can react negatively with anesthetic drugs and chemicals.