Patient Guide

Types Of Anesthesia

Anesthesia is medicine that keeps you from feeling pain during surgery. Your anesthesia provider will talk to you to explain the type of anesthesia you will have.

  • Local anesthesia numbs the area of the body where surgery is being done so that you do not feel pain, but are not sedated or sleepy.

  • Monitored sedation keeps you relaxed and comfortable. You may remain awake and aware throughout the surgery or you may be drowsy or in a light sleep. You do not feel pain.

  • Regional anesthesia numbs certain areas of the body so that you do not feel pain. You may also receive additional medicines to relax you.

  • General anesthesia will put you totally asleep and you will be aware of nothing.

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