Mile Bluff anesthesia providers focus on improved safety, quicker recovery

When it comes to surgery, improved safety and quicker recovery are two things at the top of a patient’s priority list. At Mile Bluff, those two goals are also a main focus of the anesthesia team.

There are different types of sedation that can be used during surgery. To help determine what is best for each individual, Mile Bluff’s anesthetists perform an evaluation that includes: review of past procedures, performance of a physical exam specific to the anesthetic, review of medications that might influence the anesthetic, and discussion of the care being proposed.

There are some forms of sedation that can be provided by the nurses or surgeons who are already a part of the care team. There are other times when the addition of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is required. When a CRNA is present during a procedure, there are additional medications that can be made available to the patient, and the patient will have the benefit of being closely monitored by a CRNA throughout the entire surgery.

One example of when this option would be used is with the practice known as monitored anesthesia care (MAC). With MAC, individuals experience varied ranges of sedation - from none at all (just monitoring), to a deep sleep comparable to general anesthesia. However, there is not a long-lasting sedating effect from the medication used, so the recovery time is significantly quicker with MAC than with other methods of sedation. In addition, because patients are monitored by CRNAs - whose training and certification is very specific to patient safety and improved outcome - the anesthesia is extremely safe for patients. The use of MAC has gained wide acceptance in recent years, and has become a popular choice of sedation for procedures such as colonoscopy, EGD and cataract surgery. The quick recovery time and constant monitoring for safety are two of the reasons MAC has become so popular, and why patients are willing to pay an additional fee for the CRNA to be present during the procedure.

All in all, if MAC is able to be used, it is a recipe for a sedative contributing to a quick, uneventful recovery that leads to improved safety and quicker discharge from the hospital. For more on this, call Mile Bluff at 608-847-6161, and ask to speak to someone in anesthesia.