Different procedures call for different types of anesthesia. Depending on your surgeon and your procedure you may receive local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or be sedated. Our anesthesiologist works closely with your surgeon to determine the best kind of anesthesia for you based on your procedure and medical history. Prior to the procedure, your anesthesiologist will speak with you to explain what kind of anesthesia you will receive and answer any questions you may have.
Can anesthesia cause dementia?
Studies have indicated that undergoing anesthesia can “unmask” or in some cases “accelerate” dementia or cognitive decline in elderly patients. It does not, however, cause dementia, and only carries this risk if underlying dementia is already present.
Will I be nauseated afterward?
Nausea is a common side-effect of anesthesia. While this cannot always be avoided or controlled, our anesthesiologist specializes in minimizing the negative after-effects of receiving anesthesia, including nausea.
What are the risks of anesthesia?
Anesthesia, like any part of life, carries with it risk. The job of the anesthesiologist is to manage this risk both before your surgery (by reviewing your medical history) and during your surgery. Anesthesia is their specialty and they will not agree to provide it if they believe it to be unsafe for any reason.
Why can’t I drive myself home?
Anesthesia impairs your function and judgement similar to the way that alcohol or other drugs are known to do. For this reason, we advise you not to drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after receiving anesthesia.