Answers for Patients

What is anesthesia?

Insensibility to pain with or without the loss of consciousness, induced by an anesthetic.

How long does anesthesia last?

The length of an anesthetic is determined by your Anesthesiologist and is tailored to your needs based on how long the operation is. It can vary from minutes to hours.

Who gives me the anesthesia?

Anesthesia delivered by Bristol Anesthesia Services is given by an anesthesia care team that includes an Anesthesiologist and a medically directed certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

What anesthetics are used?

The options for anesthesia available to you will be discussed with you during your pre-operative assessment by your Anesthesiologist. He or she will evaluate the options and provide you with the risks and benefits of each option. As Anesthesiologists, we are your advocates and will ensure that the anesthetic options provide the best opportunity for safety and comfort.

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