General anesthesia affects the entire body. You will be safely placed in a deep level of unconsciousness by your anesthesia provider and remain so throughout your procedure. The initial induction of anesthesia is through IV medications. An airway device is usually placed to help maintain your breathing. All of your vital signs will be closely monitored. Your provider will remain with you throughout your surgery. We will wake you up comfortably and you will be taken to the recovery room.
Spinal/Epidural anesthesia affects only one portion of the body. After sedation is given, your provider will numb your skin and place an injection in the lower part of your back. You will go numb from the waste down. During the procedure, sedation will be given to place you in a twilight sleep. You can remain more awake if that is your request.
Being an orthopedic surgery center, we are experts in regional anesthesia. Regional anesthesia is the precise placement of local anesthesia around nerves that serve your arm or leg. With these injections, we can make all or part of your extremity numb, without affecting the rest of your body. You can have extremity surgery strictly under peripheral nerve blocks. During your procedure, sedation will be given to place you in a twilight sleep. You may be more awake if you desire.