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Before, during and after your surgery at Tidelands Health, a specially trained doctor called an anesthesiologist helps keep you safe and minimizes your pain.

Selecting the Best Anesthetic for You

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Prior to your procedure, your anesthesiologist will meet with you to discuss what type of anesthetic – or pain-preventing medication – is right for your situation. You’ll get a recommendation based on your medical history, your current health and the type of surgery you’ll receive.

Options for your surgical anesthetic include:

  • General – Makes you unconscious to prevent pain and anxiety
  • Regional – Numbs the surgical area of your body without making you unconscious
  • Local – Blocks discomfort in one part of your body while you remain awake

Prioritizing Your Surgical Safety

In the operating room, your anesthesiologist stays by your side and monitors your heartbeat, breathing and other vital signs to help you stay well. Following surgery, your anesthesiologist continues to watch over you and determines when you’re ready to return home or move to a private, comfortable hospital room for your ongoing recovery. 

Minimizing Side Effects of Anesthesia

After receiving anesthesia, you may experience nausea or a headache. We’ll advise you about ways to ease these mild, temporary side effects and explain how you can stay as comfortable as possible. 

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