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Anesthesia Services

Surgery is scary, whether it is major or minor. Anesthesia services at Redlands Community Hospital help control pain during surgical and non-surgical operations. Our team of physician anesthesiologists works with other members of your care team to ensure the highest possible level of safety and comfort during all stages of your procedure.

Anesthetic medicine aids in regulating breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and bleeding during surgery. There are three main types of anesthesia:

  • General: received via breathing device or IV; patient feels nothing and is completely unconscious
  • Regional: received via injection; patient is awake and relevant body parts are asleep
  • Local: received via injection; patient is completely awake and a small area is numbed

Your anesthesiologist will discuss with your surgeon whether anesthesia is necessary, then evaluate your condition and overall health to determine which type is appropriate. During the surgery, your anesthesiologist will constantly monitor your anesthetic and adjust as needed. He/she may give you an epidural or spinal anesthesia. As your surgery comes to an end, he/she will make sure your gradual transition out of anesthesia is smooth and pain-free.

All anesthesia types are very safe, even general. As with any medicine or surgery, you may experience some temporary side effects such as nausea, sore or dry throat, flu-like chills, body aches, confusion, and dizziness. These should be mild and pass within hours or days of your surgery.