General Anesthesia is the most common form of anesthetic technique and is offered for all major abdominal or chest surgeries.
This technique may also be used for upper and lower extremity surgery, but other methods can be employed. General anesthesia renders a person unconscious and blocks all pain sensation during the surgery. When a patient "wakes up", they will have a mild amount of pain and may experience postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). We use powerful medications to prevent and alleviate these conditions. During all surgeries your vital signs (blood pressure, electrocardiogram, and oxygen levels) are monitored and recorded every 5 minutes. We also have Bispectral Index Monitoring (BIS) that monitors brain activity and gives us an indication of your depth of anesthesia.