The anesthesiologists at Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital First Colony specialize in the latest approaches to reducing or preventing pain during and after your surgery.
There are four basic types of anesthesia:
- Local anesthesia – numbs a specific area of the body while you stay awake and alert.
- Conscious sedation – is a combination of a sedative (to relax you) and an anesthetic (to block pain) administered before and during your procedure. You will probably stay awake but might not remember much from the procedure afterward.
- Regional anesthesia – blocks pain in a specific area of the body, as an epidural does during childbirth.
- General anesthesia – puts you to sleep; you will feel nothing and have no memory of the procedure afterward.