Ambulatory anesthesia practice involves anesthetic techniques that lead to comfort not only during the surgical procedure but also afterward. The techniques lead to less post-operative pain, nausea, and drowsiness. Not all of these side effects are always avoided but, when not, the effects are mild and effectively treated when they occur. This allows patients to safely return to the comfort of home and family on the same day as the procedure or after an overnight stay.
Depending upon the type of procedure, your surgeon may request that the anesthesia service provide care. It may be care involving a sedative type of anesthetic that does not involve loss of consciousness but relief of anxiety and mild pain or it could be full unconsciousness for the procedure. Many times a regional anesthetic is the suggested option because of less risk to patients with certain conditions or for those procedures where a regional anesthetic targets the body area involved in the procedure in an effective way.
No matter what technique is selected, you will be part of that process. A full explanation of the risks, benefits, and alternatives should always be your expectation when discussing your surgery. The anesthesia providers encourage your involvement at all times.
For more information about Anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists website.