Anesthesiology

Jackson, WY Anesthesiologists

St. John’s Health employs a full-time team of anesthesiologists who assist various departments with their surgeries and procedures.

What is Anesthesia?

There are several types of anesthesia, and your anesthesiologist and doctor will advise the best option for you according to the type of surgery you’re having.

  • Types of anesthesia:
  • General – Under general anesthesia, a patient is totally unconscious and unable to feel pain or sensation during a procedure. Anesthesia makes the patient totally unconscious. You have no awareness while under this sedative, making it ideal for open surgeries like hip replacements.
  • Regional – When your doctor needs to work on a specific part of the body during surgery, they will often administer a regional anesthetic. This is administered through a shot in the designated body part, making it go completely numb. It can also be used to help you relax, but is not intended to make you lose all awareness.
  • Local – For minor surgeries, doctors use local anesthetics. These are injected into a tissue and makes it go numb while the doctor performs the procedure. You will not fall asleep or fall unconscious with local anesthesia.

Recovering from Anesthesia

When you know you will be given anesthesia for your operation, prepare ahead of time by asking someone for a ride to and from the hospital. Even after waking up after surgery, side effects of the medication will linger for up to 24 hours. It is dangerous to drive or operate machinery during that time. You may experience side effects such as nausea or vomiting

One of our anesthesiologists will be responsible for administering anesthesia and making sure you recover afterward. Rest assured that your safety and care is of the utmost importance to us.