North Florida Anesthesia Consultants, P.A.

"I was very nervous about my upcoming surgery. My anesthesiologist took the time to explain everything in a way that really put me at ease. She even put in an epidural which basically eliminated my pain after surgery. Another anesthesiologist checked on me every day after surgery to make sure my pain was controlled. I couldn't be happier with the care I received during my hospital stay."

For Our Patients

Surgery can be a scary experience. Most of us have been patients ourselves at one point or another. Rest assured that you are in great hands. Our board-certified physicians, nurse anesthetists, and anesthesia assistants will give you the best anesthesia care possible to help your surgery go well.

Whether you are having heart surgery, having your knee replaced, or welcoming a new child into the world, our physicians are experts in their field. They will ease your fears and your pain.

To help you prepare for your operation, we have included:

Should you have any questions, please contact North Florida Anesthesiology Consultants (NFAC) in Jacksonville.

Please be sure to complete our patient satisfaction survey to give us feedback after your surgery.

Types of Anesthesia

Sedation

We will give medicine through an IV to make you sleepy. You will be relaxed and not really care what is going on, but you may remember bits and pieces of being in the operating room. This type of anesthesia is commonly used for eye surgery or minor procedures like removing a lump from your skin.

General Anesthesia

We will give you medicine through an IV or let you breathe through a mask and you will go to sleep. Usually, a breathing tube or other device will be inserted after you are asleep to assist with breathing during surgery.

You will breathe anesthesia gas through this tube to keep you asleep. You will not feel or remember your surgery. This is the most common type of anesthesia given and is used for many different surgical procedures.

Regional Anesthesia “Nerve Block”

Regional anesthesia involves numbing part of your body to prevent or greatly reduce pain after surgery.  There is good evidence that regional anesthesia reduces the amount of anesthesia and narcotic medicines you need and helps with recovery after certain types of surgery.

We can numb many different areas of the body, and the use of ultrasound allows us to see the nerves and compartments in the body where numbing medicine is injected. We can either inject a single shot of medicine, or even thread a small catheter so we can administer numbing medicine continually.

You will be given sedation before your nerve block so it will not bother you much. Most people say that getting the IV hurt more than the nerve block. Many people do not remember the block at all because of the medicine we give.

Epidural Anesthesia for Post-op Pain Control

Most people have heard of epidurals in terms of women in labor, but we also place them to help control pain after surgery. There is good evidence that epidurals help with recovery and limit the amount of narcotic medicines you will need after certain types of surgery.

Most commonly, we place epidurals for people having chest surgery (thoracotomy) or abdominal surgery (colon resection). You will receive sedation and then sit up. Your anesthesiologist will clean your back with sterile soap and inject local anesthesia to numb the skin. He will then thread a small catheter (the size of fishing line) into the epidural space.

A pump will hang on your IV pole and administer numbing medicine continually through the epidural. The epidural won’t usually take away all the pain, but should greatly reduce the pain after surgery.

You will still likely get general anesthesia for the surgery itself; the epidural is for post-operative pain. An anesthesiologist will check on you every day and is available 24 hours a day to help manage your pain.  The epidural can stay in up to one week but is usually removed after a few days, depending on how you are doing.

Spinal Anesthesia

A spinal anesthetic numbs the body from the chest or waist down and lasts for 3-5 hours. Your anesthesiologist will have you in a seated position and clean your back with sterile solution. She will use a small needle to inject numbing medicine in the spinal space. Depending on the anesthesia plan, you will likely be given some sedation before the spinal and during the surgery to relax you.

Anesthesia Care Team (ACT)

Anesthesia procedures should only be performed by qualified medical providers who are trained in anesthesia care. North Florida Anesthesia Consultants has built an anesthesia care team (ACT) to manage your care from start to finish and optimize patient safety.

The ACT model consists of board-certified anesthesiologists with extensive training and experience who supervise and direct non-physician anesthesia providers called certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and anesthesiology assistants (AAs). Together, the team is charged with creating and executing the anesthetic care plan including pre- and post-anesthesia patient evaluations. Learn more about members of the ACT below.

What is an Anesthesiologist?

An anesthesiologist has a medical degree (MD or DO) with subspecialty training in anesthesiology. Our anesthesiologists are qualified to manage a diverse variety of medical issues before, during, and after your surgery.  Beyond anesthesia, some of our anesthesiologists have training in pain management, echocardiography, and nerve blocks.

Other anesthesiologists specialize in specific areas like cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, or neurosurgery.
Our anesthesiologists are responsible for the peri-operative management of a patient’s sometimes complex medical concerns as well as managing emergencies.

What is a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)?

Nurse anesthetists (CRNA’s) are certified, registered nurses with advanced specialty training in the administration of anesthesia and a master’s/doctor’s degree in nursing. Our nurse anesthetists work alongside our anesthesiologists to provide anesthesia for any type of procedure in any type of setting. Their prior experience as nurses throughout the hospital and intensive care units is an invaluable skill set to your care.

What is an Anesthesia Assistant (AA)?

Anesthesia assistants administer anesthesia to patients alongside our anesthesiologists.  Their education and background is similar to the physician assistants that you may have met at a doctor’s office.  While their background is different from our nurse anesthetists, their capabilities are just as proficient.  Their prior experience as physician assistants, engineers, and EMT’s has been instrumental to implementing the anesthesia care team.