If you have consulted with your doctor and subsequently decided to undergo a procedure that requires anesthesia, you should know some general information about the different methods that are practiced in ambulatory anesthesia. A number of factors can determine the type of anesthesia you receive, and your anesthesia provider will discuss all of them thoroughly with you prior to your procedure. Side effects from anesthesia are generally uncommon, as are complications. You will be given an Informed Consent document that provides information on the most common event possibilities.
What is Anesthesia?
There are three primary categories of anesthesia – local, regional, and general. All affect the nervous system differently, and are each medicated and administered with specific techniques.
What is Anesthesiology?
Anesthesiology is a subset of medicine whose specialization focuses on pain relief during and post-surgery. The treatment itself is termed ‘anesthesia’.
In the majority of cases, anesthesia is administered by a CRNA.
CRNAs work with your surgeon and may work with an anesthesiologist. CRNAs are advanced practice registered nurses with specialized graduate-level education in anesthesiology.
For more than 150 years, nurse anesthetist have been administering anesthesia in all types of surgical cases, using all anesthetic techniques and practicing in every setting in which anesthesia is administered.
The medical branch known as Anesthesiology was founded in 1940. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is foremost globally in publication of peer–reviewed research, which standardizes clinical practice and fundamental understanding in anesthesiology.