Types Of Anesthesia As A Patient

1165 WordsNov 21, 20145 Pages
What is anesthesiology? Breaking this word down will help define it, that way it is easier to understand. In medical terms, the word anesthesiology is constructed of three different words, each having a specific definition: ‘an’ is defined as “being without, or the absence”; ‘esthesia’ means “feeling”; and ‘ology’ is defined as “the study of.” So when these three words are constructed together it is defined as “the study of the absence of feeling.” Knowing that definition of anesthesiology is one thing, but there are other things that must be known, such as the different types of anesthesia. There are several types of anesthesia. The form of anesthesia a patient will receive will be determined by the medical state and the surgical procedure the patient will undergo. Along with anesthetics, a patient may receive a sedative administered by the anesthesiologist. The three main forms of anesthesia include: local anesthesia; regional anesthesia; and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is used when a patient is undergoing a minimally invasive procedure like a port placement, or some carpal injections. The most common forms of local anesthesia are: infiltration anesthesia; nerve blocks; haematoma blocks; intravenous regional block; and extradural and spinal anesthesia. These procedures are relatively quick and rarely take longer than a few minutes. It is used on a select area of the body to briefly stop the sense of pain. A benefit of local anesthesia compared to the other
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