Type of Anesthesia
General Anesthesia: The patient will be wheeled via stretcher to the operating room and the nurse will assist them to get comfortable on the operating room bed while receiving relaxing medication. An oxygen mask will then be placed on the patient and medication will be administered through the IV to allow the patient to sleep. An airway is placed for the administration of anesthetic gas and the patient will remain asleep with the anesthesiologist by their side for the duration of the surgery. When the surgery is complete, the patient will be transferred back to their stretcher and they will go the recovery area with a nurse while they gently awaken. Family will be allowed to see the patient once the patient is fully awake.
Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC): The patient will receive relaxing medication just prior to being wheeled to the operating room. The operating room nurse will assist them to get comfortable on the operating room bed or in some cases the patient may remain on the stretcher. The Anesthesiologist will administer some medication to further relax patient while the surgeon injects numbing medication at the surgical site. The patient may then slowly awaken and remain awake for the duration of the procedure. When the procedure is completed the anesthesiologist and operating room nurse will transfer the patient to the recovery area. Once the patient is in the recovery area and fully awake then the nurse will bring their family back to see them.
Local with Nurse Sedation: The operating room nurse will take the patient to the operating room and assist them to get comfortable on the operating room bed or in some cases the patient may remain on the stretcher. During this time there are 2 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified nurses present in the operating room. One nurse will remain at the bedside the with patient and under the direction of the surgeon, will administer relaxing and pain medication throughout the procedure. Once the procedure is complete, the patient will then go to the discharge phase and the family will be allowed back.