On the day of your surgery, members
of the Anesthesia Department will review your health
and anesthesia history with you. The final decision
as to the anesthetic technique to be used will be
decided at that time. You will be scheduled for
one of the following types of anesthesia:
- General anesthesia causes you
to be asleep (unconscious) during the surgical
- Regional anesthesia (epidural,
spinal, axillary block) causes the area of the
body which includes the surgery site, to be numb.
- Monitored anesthesia care (MAC)
combines local anesthesia at the surgical site
(administered by the surgeon) and significant
intravenous sedation and monitoring provided by
the anesthesia personnel.
In addition to the preceding types
of anesthesia, there are two other forms that may
- Local anesthesia is performed
by the surgeon at the surgical site.
- Moderate sedation will
be given at the discretion of the doctor and administered
by the operating room nurses.
Date Updated: 01-JAN-2005