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Anesthesia

During your surgery or procedure, our team ensures that you receive exceptional care from qualified physicians who have dedicated themselves to the highest standards in pain management.

Prior to your surgery, a board-certified anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss the type of anesthesia that will be administered and answer any questions that you may have. The surgery and your comfort level will determine what type of anesthesia is used during the surgery.

Types of Anesthesia

  • Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia numbs a specific part of the body and prevents the feeling of pain during surgical procedures. Typically, local anesthesia is carried out in combination with sedation, which helps keep you calm and reduces stress levels.
  • Regional Anesthesia: Regional anesthesia affects a large part of the body, such as a limb or the lower half of the body. When regional anesthesia is used, you may remain awake or receive sedation. With regional anesthesia, even if you remain awake during the procedure, you will not feel any pain during the operation.
  • General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is given through an intravenous injection of medications and inhalation of anesthetic gases. With general anesthesia, you are put into a deep sleep, so you do not feel pain during surgery.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects of anesthesia are mild nausea and vomiting for a day or two. If you have a history of these effects with anesthesia, make sure to mention it to your anesthesiologist.

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Written by Greenbrae Surgery Center February 19, 2014