AnesthesiaYour Health. Your Hospital
Anesthesia, or as is it is often spelled anaesthesia, is a term of Greek etymology, which defines a willingly induced, temporary state of unconsciousness, memory loss, lack of pain and muscle relaxation. Anesthesiologists at Marina del Rey Hospital are well-prepared specialists with vast and reliable experience in choosing the right type and amount of anesthetics for each patient and each type of surgery.
Attentive Monitoring Throughout Surgery
Our team of anesthesiologists will vigilantly watch over you over the course of surgery, monitoring your vital signals to avoid any potential complication
Anesthesia enables doctors to perform other medical interventions. These are usually surgery procedures during which, for great accuracy and precision, it is important that the patient does not move, or experience any type of pain or agony – it has been observed in the 1930s already, that stress response is linked to higher mortality. Goals of anesthesia include:
Safety Above All
Our anesthesiologists are extensively trained and will constantly monitor you during surgery to ensure your safety
Anesthesiologists at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have extensive specialized training that allows for the correct assessment of the type and quantity of anesthetics used for each and every separate case, depending on the type of procedure involved, but also on the age and general physical condition of the patient. The most common types of drugs used separately or in combination to induce anesthesia include:
Individualized Care for Each Patient
Depending on the surgery you have to undergo, our anesthesiologists will recommend you the most appropriate type of anesthesia
As with all types of serious medical interventions, there are certain health risks involved with the anesthesia. Major risks include:
Minor risks of anesthesia include:
Types of Anesthesia
Anesthesiology is in close relation with all types of surgery, and at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, anesthesiologists perform all known types of anesthesia, depending on the specific needs of each patient and medical case. Types of anesthesia are broadly classified into 3 categories:
These may be used separately or in combination.
General anesthesia is the suppression of activity in the central nervous system and induces unconsciousness and complete lack of sensation. Under general anesthesia, the patient is unable to feel any pain and experiences a state which resembles regular sleep. Unlike during regular sleep, however, in this state, the brain gives no response to pain and surgical intervention.
General anesthesia is usually obtained by a combination of drugs (intravenous drugs and inhaled anesthetics). During this type of anesthesia, the vital functions of the patient are closely monitored, with breathing being assisted and controlled. General anesthesia is recommended during surgical procedures characterized by:
Sedation (often named dissociative anesthesia) inhibits transmission of nerve impulses between different centers of the brain, blocking anxiety response and the creation of long-term memories. Different procedures call for different sedation types. Depending on the amount of sedative and the specific state induced, sedation may be:
In order to avoid unwanted changes or complications, during sedation, vital signs are carefully watched.
Regional or local anesthesia affects a larger area of the body and blocks the transmission of nerve impulses between a given part of the body and the spinal cord. Depending on the type of action, regional anesthesia can be divided into:
Local anesthetics are usually administered in the form of injection. These are drugs that are similar in structure to cocaine but have no abuse potential. The duration of their effect varies anywhere between 30 minutes and 4 hours. Adverse effects of local anesthetics include:
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