Anesthesia is a combination of medicines that block the feelings of pain sensation and minimize awareness during surgery. You will receive other pain medicine to give you pain relief during and after surgery.
Before surgery you will meet an anesthesiologist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) who will work with the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will review your medical history and talk with you about your anesthesia options. Your choice depends on your surgery, medical and surgical history, and physical condition. The anesthesiologist will talk with you to decide which anesthesia is best for you.
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These four videos review pain expectations, rating your pain, pain treatment options and home pain management.
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This 24-minute video explains what a peripheral nerve block is and how you can use it to control pain in the hospital and after you return home.
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