What is Anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a medical specialty that involves the use of anesthesia to provide pain relief and loss of consciousness during surgical procedures. The goal of anesthesia is to ensure that patients are comfortable and safe during surgery. At MCMH + Clinics three full-time Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist provide services 24/7 for our patients.
Types of Anesthesia provided at MCMH + Clinics:
General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness that is achieved through the use of intravenous medicines and inhaled gases. Patients under general anesthesia do not feel pain because their brain does not respond to pain signals or reflexes.
Pain blockers, on the other hand, are medications that relieve pain before, during or after surgery. They do not cause loss of consciousness but rather block transmission of nerve impulses.
Regional anesthesia involves the injection of local anesthetics into specific areas of the body to block nerve impulses and provide pain relief. There are several types of regional anesthesia, including:
- Epidural anesthesia
- Spinal anesthesia
- Pain blockers - medications that relieve pain before, during or after surgery.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a type of anesthesia given through a tube placed in a vein. It helps you relax, prevents you from feeling pain, and is mainly used for minor medical procedures that don’t require deeper, general anesthesia. IV sedation is also known as monitored anesthesia care (MAC), conscious sedation, or twilight sleep. It can provide sedation ranging from slight (relaxed and mildly sleepy) to deep sleep.