Pre-Surgery Post Surgery Pediatrics Anesthesia
LOCAL: A local anesthetic creates numbness to a specific area of the body. This occurs by injecting a specific area of the body with a medication that causes the numbness. You should feel no discomfort after the anesthetic is administered and during the surgery. Your surgeon or anesthesiologists will determine if you may have a "local" depending on the type of surgery you are going to have.
  REGIONAL: Your surgeon or anesthesiologist may suggest that you receive a regional anesthetic or "nerve block" which will also be helpful in controlling your post-operative pain. Depending on the type of surgery, a regional anesthetic is injecting local anesthetic to one or several nerves resulting in numbness to a major area of the body i.e. your arm, leg, both legs, foot, shoulder, etc. This numbness may last 1 to 36 hours depending on the type of surgery and individual need. IV sedation is usually administered along with a regional nerve block.

MONITORED ANESTHESIA CARE (MAC): This means you will be given sedation through an IV to help you relax, and a local anesthetic will be administered into the surgical area. You will feel little or no discomfort during your surgery. Patients are given IV sedation based on the type of surgery and individual need.
  GENERAL ANESTHESIA: General anesthesia is administered by medications through your IV or inhaled gases, or both. The result is a state of unconsciousness. You will not be awake or feel discomfort.

All patients with the exception of the patients receiving "local anesthesia", will meet with an anesthesiologist in the Holding Room on the day of surgery. Your anesthesiologist will review your plan of care with you, and answer any questions you may have.