|Did You Know…? Anesthesia During MiniMaze Surgery |
Did You Know…? Anesthesia During MiniMaze Surgery
Until 1846—the year anesthesia was officially introduced—
patients had to bite the bullet when it came
to pain during surgery. Those who endured the
excruciating, terrifying ordeal often had nightmares about
the experience for the rest of their lives. Today, thanks to
research, time-tested medications and the modern anesthesia
care team, there are options available to make surgery as
comfortable and pain-free as possible.
General anesthesia is used for MiniMaze surgery. Unlike
local or regional anesthesia (which numb specific areas of
the body), general anesthesia relaxes patients enough to fall
asleep, feel nothing and have no memory of the procedure.
Before going into the operating room, patients meet the
anesthesia team assigned to the surgery: a physician anesthesiologist
and a certified registered nurse anesthetist
(CRNA). This team explains the type of anesthesia that
will be used, is responsible for sedation during surgery and
determines when a patient can leave the recovery room.
For information about the different types of anesthesia
used during MiniMaze surgery or other procedures, please
call the Department of Anesthesia at Bridgeport Hospital
at 203-384-3463, or visit www.bridgeporthospital.com/