At Anne Arundel Medical Center, all of our anesthesiologists are board-certified physicians dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort during surgery. They are responsible for monitoring and controlling your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and oxygen levels, and will help manage any potential medical problems that may arise during your procedure.
There are several types of anesthetic techniques available for your surgery, ranging from local anesthesia to general anesthesia. The anesthetic chosen will depend on several factors, including the surgical procedure you are having and your medical history.
General Anesthesia. The majority of surgical cases will require general anesthesia so that the patient does not feel, hear or see anything during surgery. The anesthesiologist administers anesthetic medications through an intravenous line and/or through an anesthetic mask/breathing tube.
Monitored Anesthesia Care. The anesthesiologist administers sedatives and pain medication to you through an intravenous line. This technique is also sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep.” You may experience various levels of consciousness with this technique.
Local Anesthesia. The surgeon injects a local anesthetic to the surgical site to provide numbness.