Anesthesia at Underwood Surgery Center is provided by Underwood Anesthesia Services.
All of our anesthesia providers are nationally certified in Anesthesia Services.
A description of the anesthesia services that you will receive (dependant upon your surgery/procedure and your physician’s desire):
LOCAL: A local anesthetic creates numbness to a specific area of the body. This is accomplished via an injection at the local site desired.
REGIONAL: Your physician may request that you receive a regional anesthetic or “nerve block” which also helps you in controlling post-op pain. Depending on your type of surgery, this is accomplished by injecting a local anesthetic into one or several nerves resulting in numbness to a major area of the body. For example your arm, leg, foot, shoulder, etc. The numbing effect may last, by design, from 1 to 36 hours.
MONITORED ANESTHESIA CARE (MAC): This type of anesthesia is provided by administering medication into an IV or via inhaled gasses, or a combination of both. Patients will be unconscious, but can be roused if necessary.
GENERAL ANESTHESIA: This anesthesia is also administered through your IV or via inhaled gasses. However the result of the medication given here is a state of unconsciousness. You will not be awake, nor will you feel discomfort.
All patients, except for the patients receiving “local anesthesia” or patients having an endoscopic procedure under nurse administered sedation, will visit with an anesthesia provider in the pre-op area. Your anesthesia provider will review your plan of care with you, and answer any questions you may have.