Anesthesia may be provided by a combination of board certified physicians and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).
What is Ambulatory Anesthesia?
According to the American Society of Anesthesiologist, ambulatory anesthesia is tailored to meet the needs of ambulatory surgery so you can go home soon after your operation. Short-acting anesthetic drugs and specialized anesthetic techniques as well as care specifically focused on the needs of the ambulatory patient are used to make your experience safe and pleasant. Because each patient is unique, your anesthesiologist will carefully evaluate you and your health status to determine if you should undergo ambulatory anesthesia.
Types of Anesthesia Available
Regional/Eye Block- This is the most common type for eye surgery. This technique produces numbness with the injection of local anesthesia around the nerves in the region of the body corresponding to the surgical procedure. For the EYE BLOCK, you will be given a medication through the IV that will put you to sleep for a short time while the local anesthesia is placed around your eye. During the surgery medications can be given that can reduce your anxiety and make you comfortable. It is not uncommon for you to recall people talking or music playing while you are in the operating room.
General-This anesthetic choice produces complete unconsciousness so that you do not feel, see or hear anything during the surgical procedure. The anesthetic medications are given to you through an intravenous line or by breathing anesthetic gases through a tube.
Monitored Anesthesia Care/Local- With this approach, you usually receive pain medication and sedatives through your intravenous line from your anesthesiologist. The surgeon or anesthesiologist also will inject local anesthesia into the skin, which will provide additional pain control during and after the procedure.
You can be assured with all forms of anesthesia, your anesthesiologist and/or CRNA will be present to monitor your vital body functions.