Types of Anesthesia

 

There are three main categories of anesthesia:

  • General: You are unconscious and have no awareness of the surgical procedure or other sensations.
  • Regional: Your anesthesiologist injects medication near a cluster of nerves to numb only the area of your body that requires surgery. You may remain awake or you may be given a sedative.
  • Local: A local anesthetic may be injected into the skin and tissues to numb a specific location.

Your anesthesiologist, in consultation with your surgeon, will determine the best type of anesthesia for you, taking your desires into consideration whenever possible. These options will be discussed during your preoperative interview with the anesthesiologist