Surgical Anesthesia and Pain Management

Anesthesia is used to eliminate pain signals in your body during surgical procedures. The type of anesthesia you receive may depend on your physical condition and the type of procedure you’re having performed. Types of anesthesia typically used for surgical procedures include:

  • Simple sedation to relieve mild discomfort and anxiety
  • Local anesthesia to block pain at a specific point
  • Regional anesthesia to block pain in a broad area of the body
  • General anesthesia that puts you “to sleep” during your surgery

Many people are frightened at the thought of general anesthesia. With modern pharmaceuticals and technological advances, general anesthesia is safer today than ever before.

Wellmont Health System is committed to providing patients with the latest advances to ensure safety during surgical procedures. One of these is the Bispectral Index System, or BIS for short, to monitor safe and effective levels of sedation during surgery. A special sensor placed on your forehead measures brain activity so the anesthesiologist can ensure you remain safely sedated and pain free during surgery.

Post-surgical discomfort is carefully managed to help you feel better and heal faster. Your caregivers will constantly monitor you during recovery and will rely on input from you to make sure pain is kept under control.

If you have questions about anesthesia or pain management, please call the Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE.