Anesthesiology

Rely on the anesthesiology team at Essentia Health for safe, effective, individualized pain control and sedation during your surgery or medical procedure.

Anesthesia Care Team

Feel confident you’ll receive high-quality anesthesia care at Essentia. You’ll work with:

  • Anesthesiologist – Doctor who specializes in anesthesia, manages your pain and keeps you safe before, during, and after surgery
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) – Advance practice registered nurses with specialized training in providing anesthesia care. CRNA's are with you during your entire surgery

Types of Anesthesia

Anesthetics are drugs that provide pain relief, reduce anxiety and produce a state of calm, sleep or unconsciousness. The type and amount of drug received depends on the procedure or surgery you’re having. It can also depend on your state of health.

  • Local anesthesia – Numbs one small part of your body while you stay awake and alert
  • Monitored anesthesia care – Helps you relax; you’ll feel drowsy and you may hear members of your care team talking. You may not remember the procedure
  • Regional anesthesia – Blocks pain in a specific area of your body. An epidural is a common type of regional anesthesia that’s used during childbirth
  • General anesthesia – Causes you to be unconscious so you will not feel pain during the procedure

How We Keep You Safe

Your anesthesiology team stays up-to-date on the best ways to care for you. Count on us to put your safety and comfort first. You can help us provide the best possible care by telling us about:

  • Your health history, including past experiences with anesthesia
  • Your allergies
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications, including supplements you’ve taken
  • Foods and liquids you have consumed before your procedure

Reduce Surgery-Related Anxiety

Talk to your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure. Your anesthesia care team will:

  • Answer your questions and listen to your concerns
  • Discuss your options
  • Provide education

If you’re a nursing mother, ask your care team about how your procedure, medications, and recovery may affect breastfeeding. Learn more at medsmilk.com.

Recovering from Anesthesia

Your recovery time depends on the type of anesthesia and procedure you had. Your health care team will monitor you closely and help you stay comfortable.

Side Effects of Anesthesia

You may experience side effects from anesthesia including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling tired
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat - if you had a device placed in your airway to help you breath.