Our board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse-anesthetists work closely with surgeons, obstetricians and other doctors to provide general, total intravenous and regional anesthesia for surgeries, childbirth and other medical procedures for people of all ages, children through seniors.
There are three types of anesthesia: local, regional and general anesthesia. You, your doctor and the anesthesiologist will discuss and select the best approach for the surgery or procedure you need, based on a variety of factors including your age and medical condition. Prior to the procedure, you’ll be asked to sign an informed consent form that briefly describes various types of anesthetics and their possible complications.
Anesthesia during Childbirth
Available 24 hours/day, seven days/week, we provide epidurals for pain relief as well as anesthesia for c-sections and other obstetrical procedures.
For women who want or need anesthesia for childbirth, an epidural offers the advantage of providing excellent pain relief without sedating either the mother or baby. About 80% of pregnant women undergoing labor for the first time choose to have an epidural.
Our Norwalk Hospital anesthesiology department takes care of more than 1,000 pediatric patients – newborn through adolescence – each year. Pediatric anesthesia is used for a variety of procedures and medical tests as well as for surgery. No matter how small or how extensive the procedure may be, you can feel confident that we will monitor your child constantly, remaining with him/her the entire time.
Anesthesia for Surgery
If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure, an anesthesiologist will meet with you before you go into the operating room. You’ll discuss the form of anesthesia you are about to receive, how it is delivered, its risks, possible complications and alternative choices. You will be asked to sign an informed consent form before sedation is administered – typically done after you’ve met with your surgeon but before you are taken into the operating room.
An anesthesiologist team member will be with you constantly, from the time you are taken into the operating room until you are safely handed over to the recovery room nurse. When you are in recovery, your anesthesiologist will continue to receive information about your condition until you go home or to your hospital room.
Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may be either admitted to an inpatient bed or taken back to ambulatory surgery area where family members can join you. If you have ambulatory surgery, you will usually be seated in a reclining chair and may spend one to three hours in the recovery area until you are able to walk, eat and are comfortable.
When you have recovered sufficiently to be discharged, you will be sent home with verbal and written instructions. It is your responsibility to have someone take you home. You are strongly advised against driving or making any important decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery. It is especially important for elderly patients to have an able-bodied person with them at home for at least a day following surgery.