What is Anesthesia?

Anesthesia involves the administration of medication to allow medical procedures to be done without pain or discomfort. Anesthesia can be administered through different techniques, depending on a patient's individual needs. It is important to understand the types of anesthesia, as well as what to expect from your anesthesia experience to ensure your comfort and safety.

On the days leading up to your surgery, and on the day of your surgery, your anesthesiologist will be there at all times to keep you informed of the procedure and effects of anesthesia.

Types of Anesthesia

The type of anesthesia used will depend on both the surgical procedure and your medical history. There are 3 general types of anesthesia used during surgery: general anesthesia, local anesthesia and regional anesthesia. For more information on what is best for you, speak with your anesthesiologist or check our FAQ for more information.

We also recommend visiting the American Association of Anesthesiology’s Lifeline to Modern Medicine to read more about what to expect from your anesthesia experience, and the types of anesthesia.

What to expect from your
Anesthesia Experience

Your anesthesia experience will consist of 3 steps: a visit to our Pre Procedure Evaluation Center (PPEC), surgery, and recovery.

During the preoperative evaluation at our PPEC, your doctor and anesthesiologist will review your medical history, answer any questions you have and review the steps of your procedure in detail. Your visit will include both laboratory and clinical testing, including standard blood tests, and X-rays or EKG's if necessary.

Every anesthesiologist with Associates in Anesthesia makes your comfort and safety a top priority, so you can be sure your surgical anesthesia experience will be handled both professionally and compassionately.

Will my procedure be an
Inpatient or Outpatient Surgery?

Depending on the complexity and necessary recovery time of your operation, your doctor will also determine whether your procedure requires inpatient or outpatient surgery. If you are scheduled to have outpatient surgery, you will not be hospitalized overnight and will be able to return home for recovery. It is also recommended that you have a family member or friend available to drive you home.

Regardless of whether you have inpatient or outpatient surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room immediately after your surgery for continued monitoring, and discharged once you have been cleared by your doctors.

For more information on what to expect from your anesthesia experience, please contact a Physician Assistant at 610-447-6021 or contact the American Association of Anesthesiology at the Lifeline to Modern Medicine.