Anesthesiologists ensure that patients remain comfortable, relaxed and free of pain during their surgical procedure.
The type of anesthesia administered will depend upon on a number of factors, including the type of procedure, the patient’s age, and the patient’s medical history.
Anesthesiology services provided at Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital include:
- General Anesthesia. Patients undergoing general anesthesia fall into a deep sleep and do not feel pain during surgery. General anesthesia is used for more extensive procedures.
- Local Anesthesia is used to block pain in a specific part of the body; the patient remains fully alert.
- MAC, or monitored anesthesia care, is accomplished by giving medications to help a patient relax during a minor procedure. Often, patients do not remember their procedure after receiving MAC.
- Regional Anesthesia is used to block sensation in a particular region of your body, such as the lower half of your body, an eye, or an arm or leg; patients remain conscious during regional anesthesia.