Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation Services
We understand that preparing for surgery can be overwhelming. At Sharp, we're here to help ease your concerns and ensure your confidence as your surgery date approaches.
We offer a holistic approach to your surgical experience, beginning with a presurgical visit from the anesthesiologist. Our expert physician anesthesiologists will carefully consider your needs as well as the specific requirements of your procedure.
Below, you'll find the most common approaches to anesthesia used at Sharp.
Administered intravenously (IV) or by inhalation, general anesthesia involves an assortment of medications that ensure complete amnesia in addition to pain relief and muscle relaxation.
Regional (nerve block) anesthesia
This type of anesthesia numbs only specific regions of your body, such as the lower extremities, upper extremities or chest, and may be combined with a general anesthetic for pain control. You may also receive nerve block anesthesia alongside a sedative for comfort.
Local anesthesia with sedation (also known as monitored anesthesia care, or MAC)
Local anesthesia (such as lidocaine) is injected into a specific part of your body by the surgeon. You may also receive a gentle sedative or anesthetic for comfort.
- Spinal and epidural anesthesia (also known as neuraxial anesthesia)
These local anesthetics are administered into the low back in the case of spinal anesthetics, and into the low or mid-back for epidurals. This anesthetic approach results in a controlled decrease in pain and sensation within whole regions of the body and may be used for surgery or as a supplement to a general anesthetic.