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Excellent question: General anesthesia is being put out completely. Regional anesthesia involves anesthesia only to the area involved such as a leg or an arm. Therevare many wsys to administer this. Local anesthesia is numbing of the nerves in a specific location. Sometimes different combinations are used to get the best results. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Monitored Care: During monitored anesthesia care (mac) patients are given medications which cause sedation and relaxation so that minor procedures can be performed. Mac differs from general anesthesia in that the patient continues to breathe on their own without the use of a breathing tube. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am deathly afraid of going under any type on anesthesia. I have a foraminal nerve block scheduled for tomorrow and I am worried about mac anesthesia. What should I do?
MAC anesthesia: Mac refers to "monitored anesthesia care". You will not be going under general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will monitor your vital signs and give you some IV medications to help you relax while you have your nerve block. You may be so relaxed you will not even remember much of the experience. You will be watched over every moment to ensure your safety. We hope you will feel much better after! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
MAC anesthesia: Mac is an acronym for monitored anesthesia care. This implies that the patient is monitored by a board certified anesthesiologist, or board cert. Nurse anesthetist under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. There are varying degrees of sedation, from light, to mod. And deep. This will vary with the complexity of the case, and patient pref.Patient is fully monitored, ecg, bp, capnography, pulse ox. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Being asleep: A general anesthetic is similar to falling asleep. Once anesthesia is induced, the patient is no longer aware of what is happening in his/her environment. The body responds physiologically as it normally would. The anesthesia provider is there to monitor and control those reponses. Once the patient is awake again he/she will drowsy and tired for a while. ...Read more
Highly Unusual!: Anesthesia risks depend largely on the age and overall health of an individual, the severity of his/her condition, the urgency and duration of the procedure, and the experience and expertise of the entire surgical team. That said, the risk of death from anesthesia is exceedingly remote...Have a look at this reference http://www.Anesthesiaweb.Org/risk.Php. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers