Anesthesiology is more than simply making and keeping patients unconscious for surgery; anesthesiologists care for surgery patients before, during and after surgery.

AnesthesiaThis specialty includes medically evaluating the patient before surgery, consulting with the surgical team, providing pain control and support of life functions during surgery, supervising care after surgery and medically discharging the patient from the recovery unit.

There are several kinds of anesthesia that can be administered:

  • Local, to numb only a specific location on the body
  • Regional, to numb an area of the body (such as an epidural)
  • General, to induce complete unconsciousness

While no surgery is without risk, patients can feel confident in the advancement of anesthetic safety: In just the last decade, deaths attributed to anesthesia have dropped 25-fold from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 250,000 today.

Still, we encourage all Mount Nittany Health patients to ask any and all questions they have about this important aspect of surgical care so they can feel comfortable with the expertise anesthesiologists at Mount Nittany Health offer.

Certified registered nurse anesthetists work alongside experienced anesthesiologists to provide Mount Nittany Health patients the best possible care.

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Anesthesia: Before You Receive Anesthesia

You are scheduled for surgery. You’ll receive medication called anesthesia to keep you from feeling pain during the surgery. This sheet explains steps you may need to take to prepare for anesthesia.   Tests Your doctor may send you to have certain tests before your procedure. These may include: Blood tests. These help show how anesthesia may affect you. Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG). This helps show how your heart is working. Chest X-ray. This image helps show the health of your heart and lungs. Medications In the weeks before your surgery: Tell your doctor and anesthesia provider what medications you take. This includes aspirin, other over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and vitamins. Be sure to mention if you take illegal dr...

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