Anesthesia is a Major Part of Surgery.

Each year, millions of people in the United States undergo some form of medical treatment requiring anesthesia. In the hands of qualified anesthesia professionals such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesia is a safe and effective means of alleviating pain during nearly every type of medical procedure.

All anesthesia care is provided with the highest degree of professionalism, including constant monitoring of every important body function. As changes occur in your reactions to anesthesia, your anesthesia professional responds with modifications of the anesthetic to ensure your safety and comfort.

In addition to their role in the procedure itself, anesthesia professionals make many preparations for you before surgery. You can—and should—take an active role in these preparations by communicating and cooperating with your anesthesia professional and surgeon.

There Are Several Kinds of Anesthesia.

The one chosen for you is based on factors such as your physical condition, the nature of the surgery, and your reactions to medications. Frank and open discussion with your anesthesia professional is key in the selection of the best anesthetic for you.

In particular, you must speak freely and follow instructions closely regarding your intake of medications, food, or beverages before anesthesia. Such substances can react negatively with anesthetic drugs and chemicals.


Speak frankly. Ask questions. Follow instructions. Provide your anesthesia professional with a medical history. And notify your anesthesia professional or surgeon immediately of any change in your physical condition prior to surgery. Communication and cooperation are essential to the anesthesia process.