There are different types of anesthesia that are administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist to keep you comfortable during and after your procedure.
The type of surgery you are having often determines the type of anesthesia used. Many minor procedures are typically performed using Monitored anesthesia (MAC). An anesthesiologist will meet with you to review your health history prior to the procedure. They will develop the best possible plan for your anesthetic during and after your procedure.
The anesthesiologist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with the various anesthetic options. Although all types of anesthesia involve some risk, major complications or side effects are quite rare. New anti-nausea drugs and better monitoring have reduced the risk of complications from anesthesia in recent years.
Your anesthesiologist will ensure that a sufficient amount of anesthesia is provided to produce a state of unconsciousness throughout your entire surgery. If you are having general anesthesia, you will be asleep (unconscious) – perhaps even dreaming – during your entire operation.
Most patients wake up within minutes following the end of the operation. Typically, the anesthesiologist stops administering anesthesia medications once the surgery is finished and bandages are being applied, shortly thereafter; you will emerge, or “wake up,” from anesthesia.
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