Inpatient Surgery

We provide anesthesia for all types of surgery and procedures at out hospital sites.  Our physicians are experts at administrating both general and regional anesthesia.  Because all patients are different, we work together with you to determine the best type of anesthesia for you

After going through the admission process you will be called up to the “holding area.”  This is next to the operating room and is where you will meet your anesthesiologist.  The two of you will review your medical history and discuss the plan for your anesthesia.  There are a variety of techniques used for different types of surgery.  These include general anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and regional nerve blocks.  Frequently, it is possible to use two or three different types of anesthesia for the same surgery, so your anesthesiologist will review your options with you and develop a plan that suits you best.  This is also the time to ask any questions or share any concerns you may have about anesthesia or your surgery.  After this discussion you will be transported back to the operating room.

Once you are back in the operating room, you will be connected to our monitors which record your heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen level, and other vital signs.  Depending on the type of anesthesia, you will either start going to sleep or receive sedation for placement of a spinal, epidural, or nerve block.  Few people remember any of this because the sedation medications cause amnesia.  Your surgery will start after the anesthesia has taken effect.  There will always be an anesthesiologist present to monitor you during your surgery.

When your surgery is over, you will be transferred to the recovery room, where a registered nurse will care for you as you awaken from anesthesia.  Your nurse will ensure that you are comfortable, nausea free, and that your vital signs are stable prior to you going to your hospital room.