Anesthesia puts you in a deep sleep and controls pain during major or minor surgeries and procedures. It includes using various medications and close monitoring during surgical procedures to keep you comfortable. Anesthesia can affect many bodily functions such as blood flow, heart rate, and rhythm and blood pressure.
Local Anesthesia-Topic Overview
Local anesthesia uses medicine to block sensations of pain from a specific area of the body. Local anesthetics are usually given by injection into the body area that needs to be anesthetized. They are not injected into the bloodstream ( intravenous,IV ). Local anesthetics may be given with other medicines that make you relaxed or sleepy (sedatives). These other medicines are often given by ...
General Anesthesia-Topic Overview
General anesthesia affects your entire body and renders you unconscious. Under anesthesia,you should be completely unaware and not feel pain during the surgery or procedure. General anesthesia also causes forgetfulness (amnesia) and relaxation of the muscles throughout your body. General anesthesia suppresses many of your body’s normal automatic functions,such as those that control ...
Procedural Sedation-Topic Overview
Procedural sedation combines the use of local anesthesia with sedatives to relax you for minor procedures. You may or may not be conscious. A local anesthetic is injected into the body area that needs to be numbed for the procedure. The sedative is usually given intravenously (IV) first. The most commonly used sedative medicines are benzodiazepines,such as midazolam. You will most likely ...
Regional Anesthesia-Topic Overview
Regional anesthesia is the use of local anesthetics to block sensations of pain from a large area of the body,such as an arm or leg or the abdomen. Regional anesthesia allows a procedure to be performed on a region of the body without your being unconscious. Major types of regional anesthesia include: Peripheral nerve blocks. A local anesthetic is injected near a specific nerve or bundle of ...