During the Surgery
We provide anesthesia services for a wide variety of operations, including orthopedic surgery, heart surgery, lung surgery, endoscopy, neurosurgery, and multispecialty procedures. You can find specific information about the type of anesthesia for your procedure below. Also, you will find answers to common medical concerns and the risks of anesthesia.
If you have questions about your procedure, please feel free to contact us at (904) 387-4030 or discuss it with your surgeon.
You will discuss the options for anesthesia and pain control with your anesthesiologist in the holding area. Some of the decisions will be determined by the preferences of your surgeon.
If a nerve block is selected, you will receive IV sedation in our holding area. The anesthesiologist will use an ultrasound machine and a small needle to numb your leg. There are two main nerves in your leg: the femoral nerve on the front and sciatic nerve on the back. Sometimes we just numb the femoral nerve as it supplies most of the sensation to the knee.
After the block, you will be taken to the operating room and put under general anesthesia. You will wake up after your surgery and spend about an hour in the recovery room before going to your hospital room.
Your block will last about 12-24 hours. The surgical team will prescribe oral and IV medications to control your pain as the block wears off. It is important to remember not to try walking on your own, as your leg will be very numb.
For simple knee arthroscopy, we commonly give a general anesthetic. If the surgeon is planning a more extensive procedure (such as an ACL repair), we will administer a femoral nerve block along with a general anesthetic.
After the surgery, we will wake you up and take you to the recovery room. Once you are awake and comfortable, usually in an hour or two, you will be sent home. If you have had a block, it will last about 12-24 hours. Your surgeon will provide a prescription for pain medicine for when your block wears off.
After meeting your anesthesiologist, you will be given some sedation in the holding area. The anesthesiologist will use a small needle to inject numbing medicine around the nerves of the brachial plexus, which controls sensation to the arm. You will then be taken to the operating room and given general anesthesia.
Once the surgery is complete, we will wake you up and take you to the recovery area. Your arm will be heavy and numb. The block will last 12-24 hours. Side effects of the block that are fairly common and well-tolerated include hoarseness of the voice, feeling a bit short of breath, and a droopy eye on the side of the block. Some people get numb tingly patches (paresthesia) on the arm that may last a few weeks after surgery and go away with time.
After meeting your anesthesiologist, we will discuss your anesthetic based on your desires, as well as your surgeon's preferences. A general anesthetic is most commonly used for hip replacement, but sometimes a spinal anesthetic is the best option.