Your anesthetic


What types of Anesthesia are available?

Your Anesthesiologist will determine the appropriate anesthetic technique to meet your needs based on your health status and the nature of your procedure.

General Anesthesia:
With this technique, the patient’s body is rendered unconscious and unable to feel surgical pain through a combination of anesthetic gases and intravenous pain medicationS. As with any anesthetic, general anesthesia has risks but serious complications associated with general anesthesia are extremely rare.

Regional Anesthesia:
An anesthetic technique in which a particular part or area of the patient’s body is rendered insensitive using a local anesthetic or numbing agent. This technique is especially appealing in Orthopaedics because the surgeries frequently involve an extremity. Regional anesthesia can manage pain during the surgery and provide long lasting post-operative pain relief. It also reduces the risk of nausea.

Monitored Anesthesia Care:
With this approach, the patient receives pain medication and sedatives through an intravenous line from the Anesthesiologist. Local anesthesia also will be injected into the skin to provide additional pain control during and after the procedure. Your Anesthesiologist will monitor your vital body functions. During this type of anesthesia, the goal is often to minimize the amount of anesthesia. It is likely that you will not be asleep for the entire procedure, but this ensures a more speedy recovery from sedation, often with less risk of nausea.

Local Anesthesia:
The Surgeon will inject local anesthetic to provide numbness at the surgical site. Typically this technique does not require a member of the Anesthesia team, but occasionally the surgeon my request the presence of an anesthesiologist if your underlying medical condition requires close monitoring during surgery. The anesthesiologist will manage your vital signs, and be available in case you do not tolerate the local anesthesia, or the extent of the procedure excalates.

Special note on your teeth, restorative and cosmetic dental work:  
During any anesthetic, especially during General Anesthesia, it may be necessary to place life sustaining, and life saving airway devices. Be aware that no dental restoration, cap, crown, bridge, implant, partial, denture or any other unnatural dental work present, is as sound or strong as natural dentition. It is thus possible that during placement of the aforementioned devices, and perhaps even more commonly, during involuntary emergence biting down, that the dental work can be damaged. Despite the anesthesiologist taking utmost care to protect your dentition, situations may arise, out of his / her control, that could lead to dental damage. Similarly, unsound natural dentition are prone to the same risks. We encourage our patients to disclose all dental work and dental conditions, so that optimal protection can be put in place.

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