Before your surgery you’ll meet the physician specialist responsible for your well-being – your anesthesiologist.

Anesthesia keeps a patient comfortable throughout a surgical procedure. During surgery your anesthesiologist will direct your anesthesia and manage vital functions, including blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm, temperature, and breathing. Continued medical management after surgery is necessary to help you have a speedy recovery.

Types of anesthesia


  • With general anesthesia you are unconscious and have no awareness of the surgical procedure.


  • With regional anesthesia your anesthesiologist injects medication into the operative area. Examples include epidural, spinal, and nerve blocks.

MAC (Monitored Anesthesia Care)

  • MAC is local anesthesia with sedation to help relax you.


  • Local anesthetic may be injected into the skin to numb the area where surgery will be performed.
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