There are numerous techniques to keep you comfortable during your operation at Morristown Medical Center or Morristown Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center (111 Madison Ave.).
Before and during your surgery, you will be given medications called analgesics to keep you free from pain. The selection of anesthesia depends on many factors, such as the type of surgery and your medical history.
Anesthesia is provided by an anesthesiologist, alone or as part of an anesthesiologist team along with a nurse anesthetist. These are trained specialists in anesthesia care.
There are three main classes of anesthesia: general, regional and local anesthesia with sedation.
- General: General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep. This is a combination of medications that induce sleep and cause you to lose awareness of what is going on around you. These include both intravenous drugs and anesthetic gases that you breathe during surgery.
- Regional (nerve block): This type of anesthesia numbs specific areas of your body (e.g., lower extremities). Although you may be awake and aware, you will not feel pain. You will usually receive medications that will make you feel drowsy or keep you in a light sleep. The fact that regional anesthesia is used does not mean that you will see or hear what is going on in the operating room.
- Local Anesthesia with Sedation: Local anesthesia is injected into a specific part of your body (generally the incision area) by the surgeon. You will be awake; however, you will probably also receive medication that will make you drowsy.