Who will be taking care of me in the operating room?
While under anesthesia, you will be under the care of a solo anesthesiologist or both an anesthesiologist and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). In either scenario, we administer medicines to prevent you from feeling pain and sensations; closely monitor your vital signs adjusting anesthetics accordingly and direct the administration of appropriate medications during your recovery.
Anesthesiologists are physicians (M.D. or D.O) with highly specialized training in the practice of anesthesia. They complete 4 years of medical school followed by an additional 4 years of residency. Some of our physicians additionally have specialty fellowship training. The anesthesiologist will either work with you directly during your anesthetic or will be the leader of an anesthetic team in conjunction with one of our CRNAs.
CRNAs have advanced nursing degrees and are specially trained in the practice of anesthesia. Our CRNAs work under the supervision of an anesthesiologist during the delivery of your care and will administer medications and monitor your vital signs throughout surgery.
What are the different types of anesthesia?
There are 3 main types of anesthesia administered during surgery: general, MAC (monitored anesthesia care), and regional.
General Anesthesia – General anesthetics make you unconscious and unable to feel pain or other sensations. Many general anesthetics are gases given through a mask or breathing tube. Others are liquid medicines given through a vein. During surgery, we use sophisticated electronic equipment to monitor your vital signs, including heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, breathing, brain and kidney functions.