Prior to surgery an anesthesiologist will talk to you about the different types of anesthesia. There are four main categories of anesthesia: IV or monitored sedation, local, regional, and general. The anesthesiologist will watch your condition and provide medication as needed. Each has many forms and uses.
- General Anesthesia
- Regional Anesthesia
- Local Anesthesia
In general anesthesia, you are unconscious and have no awareness or other sensations. There are a number of general anesthetic drugs. Some are gases or vapors inhaled through a breathing mask or tube and others are medications introduced through a vein. During anesthesia, you are carefully monitored, controlled and treated by your anesthesiologist, who uses sophisticated equipment to track all your major bodily functions. A breathing tube may be inserted through your mouth and frequently into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during this period. The length and level of anesthesia is calculated and constantly adjusted with great precision. At the conclusion of surgery, your anesthesiologist will reverse the process and you will regain awareness in the recovery room.
In regional anesthesia, your anesthesiologist makes an injection near a cluster of nerves to numb the area of your body that requires surgery. You may remain awake, or you may be given a sedative. You do not see or feel the actual surgery take place. There are several kinds of regional anesthesia. Two of the most frequently used are spinal anesthesia and epidural anesthesia, which are produced by injections made with great exactness in the appropriate areas of the back. They are frequently preferred for childbirth, knee or hip surgery, and prostate surgery.
In local anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is usually injected into the tissue to numb just the specific location of your body requiring minor surgery, for example, on the hand or foot. It usually lasts about one hour and may be injected into the skin or applied as a spray, drops or ointment to the skin, eyes or mouth.
In IV or monitored sedation, you are kept relaxed and comfortable. You may remain awake aware throughout the surgery or you may also receive medicine to make you drowsy or fall into a light sleep.
During surgery, family and friends are welcome to wait in our surgical waiting areas. All visitors should sign in at the waiting room desk. Important updates are given to families while you wait. A family member should maintain communication with the waiting room volunteer. If you leave the surgery waiting area, please notify the vounteer.
Families can enjoy meals in our cafeteria (Roper and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospitals only). Fresh coffee is offered in the surgery waiting areas.
Roper Hospital Surgery Waiting Room:
(843) 724-2795 or (843) 724-2965
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital Surgery Waiting Room: