Regional AnesthesiaThursday, December 22, 2011
Regional anesthesia involves having an injection made near a cluster of nerves to numb the area of your body that requires surgery or it can also be used to relieve pain. Dr. Edward Hill discusses regional anesthesia in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Regional anesthesia makes a specific part of the body numb to relieve pain or allow surgical procedures to be done.
Types of regional anesthesia include spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia and nerve blocks.
Regional anesthesia is often used for orthopedic surgery on an extremity, for female reproductive surgery or male reproductive surgery, and for operations on the bladder and urinary tract.
Epidural analgesia is commonly used to ease the pain of labor and childbirth but can also be used to provide anesthesia for other types of surgeries.
Anesthesiologists are doctors with specialized education in the medical management of patients who are having operations or procedures, including providing anesthesia and relieving pain. Certified registered nurse anesthetists are registered nurses who have additional education in administering anesthesia.
General anesthesia is the state of unconsciousness produced by medications for operations and procedures. For some operations, general anesthesia is the only option available. Also, some patients, because of their medical conditions, may not be able to receive regional anesthesia.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.