At California Orthopedics & Spine, we work closely with the anesthesiologists at the surgery center or hospitals. When you visit our office in Novato, CA, we will examine your condition and discuss your preferences for sedation. Based on the extent of your surgery and your individual needs, we will determine which type of anesthesia is best for your treatment.
Our surgical team undergoes regular training to be able to assist with anesthesia during treatment. In addition, our office is fitted with all the latest technology to help us safely monitor patients under sedation. Your safety and comfort are our highest priorities.
Types of Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery
Once we have discussed your preferences, reviewed your health history, and determined the appropriate treatment, we will decide on your anesthesia. You will likely experience one of the following sedation methods:
Local anesthesia is extremely common in a wide range of orthopedic and even other healthcare treatments. A local anesthetic will simply numb the area where the procedure is performed so you can remain conscious without experiencing discomfort.
Regional anesthesia is generally used to relax muscles and prevent pain in a larger area of your body. Examples of a regional anesthetic include a spinal block or an epidural shot.
General anesthesia is typically recommended for patients who are undergoing a more extensive procedure, such as a total joint replacement. General anesthesia allows the patient to remain completely unconscious until the procedure has ended.
Anesthesia at California Orthopedics & Spine
Our highest priority is ensuring that you are safe and comfortable during your visits to our office. We will discuss all of your options for anesthesia before determining the form that best fits your needs. We will also provide you with instructions regarding your pre- and post-operative care, which will outline steps you need to take depending on your anesthetic. We encourage you to contact our office if you have any remaining questions. We are always happy to help.