Traverse Anesthesia Associates P.C.

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What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia is a medical specialty dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. Anesthesia providers 1) administer medications to reduce sensation of pain and stress during surgery and other medical procedures, and 2) manage the body’s response to surgery, pain and stress, as well as to the anesthetic drugs themselves. A patient’s medical conditions (heart disease or diabetes, for example) are managed by the anesthesia providers during surgery and in the recovery room. Knowledge of surgical illnesses and operations as well as medical diseases are essential to the practice of anesthesia.

Pain control and life support are the fundamental elements of anesthesia. Pain control methods are also provided outside the operating room, for example, epidural pain relief during labor and childbirth, epidural infusions and nerve blocks for postoperative pain relief after surgery, and therapeutic interventions for treatment of cancer, nerve or other chronic pain disorders. Anesthesia providers are called upon to provide airway, breathing, and circulatory life support in many emergency situations.

A website to various anesthesia related resources and tools has been launched by the American Society of Anesthesiologists with the aim that all patients become informed and educated about their care. The website is called "A Lifeline to Modern Medicine" and is available at: http://lifelinetomodernmedicine.com

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Anesthesia for Surgery

Anesthesia care begins when your anesthesia provider reviews your medical record and interviews you. This pre-anesthetic evaluation may occur on the day of surgery or during an earlier hospital visit. Your provider will need to know about your medical illnesses, previous anesthetic experiences, medications and allergies to plan a safe anesthetic.

During the preoperative interview your anesthesia provider will explain what types of anesthesia may be suitable for your procedure. If special methods to monitor your vital signs are necessary because of your medical conditions or planned surgery, they will be discussed. Your anesthesia provider will recommend epidural or nerve block analgesia for postoperative pain relief when likely to benefit you. Finally, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

General Anesthesia is accomplished by intravenous (IV) and inhalation (gases) anesthetic medications that produce unconsciousness and pain relief. A mask on the face or above the larynx (voice box), or a tube in the trachea (windpipe) is used keep your airway safe and assist your breathing when necessary.

Regional Anesthesia may be used for some operations and gives additional pain relief after surgery. Local anesthetic drugs and other medications are injected into the spinal fluid (spinal anesthesia), epidural space next to the spinal space (epidural anesthesia), or near major nerves (nerve block) to numb or reduce sensation in a region of the body. Sedation or general anesthesia is often given in addition for comfort and sleep.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC), also known as IV sedation, is used during procedures for which general or regional anesthesia is not necessary. Sedative drugs are given to produce relaxation or light sleep. Local anesthetics injected by the surgeon control pain sensation.

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