General anesthesia

 

The patient is not conscious and has complete loss of sensation. This involves inducing sleep of the whole body, and the brain.

 


Regional anesthesia

 

Local anesthetic is injected by the anesthesia care provider to provide numbness and loss of sensation to a region of the body. This could include spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia, or upper and lower extremity blocks. Additional intravenous medication can be given to make the patient comfortable and drowsy. These techniques often assist with the management of post-operative pain.

Monitored Anesthesia Care

 

During this type of anesthesia care the surgeon usually injects local anesthetic to the site of surgery to provide numbness and loss of sensation. The anesthesia care provider then supplements this with intravenous medication to make the patient comfortable and drowsy. The patient is monitored by the anesthesia care provider throughout the procedure.

Local anesthesia

 

Local anesthetic is injected by the surgeon to provide numbness and loss of sensation to a small area