Anesthesia

Posted by administration on August 13, 2017

Anesthesia.jpgWhen a person must undergo a surgical procedure, anesthesia is often used to limit pain and sensation in a specific area of the body. There are various forms of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used during your surgery typically depends on the type of surgery, your state of health, the length of the surgery and the preferences of your anesthesia provider and surgeon.

Local anesthesia blocks the pain to a small and specific area of the body while you remain conscious. For minor surgery, a local anesthetic can be given via injection to the site or it can be allowed to absorb into the skin. However, when a large area needs to be numbed, or if a local anesthetic injection will not penetrate deep enough, doctors may use other types of anesthesia.

Regional anesthesia is used to numb a portion of the body that will undergo the surgery.

Sedation may be administered to improve comfort and eliminate anxiety associated with having a non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedure.

General anesthesia makes a patient completely unconscious during their procedure. The medicine is either inhaled through a breathing mask or tube, or given through an intravenous (IV) line. A breathing tube may be inserted into the windpipe to maintain proper breathing during surgery. Once the surgery is complete, the anesthesiologist ceases the anesthetic and the patient is monitored in a recovery room until they are coherent.

Anesthesia is generally safe, even for sensitive patients. While side effects from anesthesia do exist, they are typically mild and temporary. Experiencing serious side effects is most often linked to the patient's general health.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery in Denver, anesthesia is a topic you will want to discuss with your potential cosmetic surgeon. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to set up a consultation with Dr. Serota and find out what form of anesthesia may be appropriate for you and your desired procedure. 

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