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Mount Kisco, NY  10549

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Anesthesia Services

    The anesthesia services are provided by the physicians of Bedford Anesthesia, PLLC.  The anesthesiologists are all Board Certified and expert in ambulatory and regional anesthesia.  The ASCW routinely provides care for pediatric patients and four of the anesthesiologists are fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists!


 
  Anesthesiologists are physicians who have completed a four year residency training program in the study of anesthesiology after graduating from medical school.  Some anesthesiologists pursue additional subspecialty training (e.g., pediatric anesthesia) by completing a fellowship after completing the residency training.


    Our anesthesiologists follow the practice guidelines established by the American Society of Anesthesiologists—the national educational, research and scientific association of physicians which maintains the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology.


    Bedford Anesthesia does not employ nurse anesthetists so you can be assured only an anesthesiologist will be caring for you during your stay at the Center.


    There are several different anesthetic techniques which may be administered to ensure your comfort during your surgical procedure. 


    An anesthesiologist will provide services in almost every case at the Center.  The exception is for patients undergoing minor procedures, without any sedation, when the surgeon injects a local anesthetic prior to the procedure to numb the area.  This technique is called a “straight local” anesthetic and an anesthesiologist would not be involved in your care.


    However, in the vast majority of cases, the anesthetic technique is administered by an anesthesiologist.  The three main anesthetic techniques are


  1. General Anesthesia

  2. Regional Anesthesia

  3. Monitored Anesthesia Care

   

    The anesthesiologist may use a combination of the above techniques to ensure your comfort and safety and will discuss the options with you before your procedure.  The basic anesthetic techniques are described below:







General Anesthesia

   General anesthesia provides loss of consciousness and loss of sensation for the duration of the surgery.

        Adult patients and pediatric patients usually age 10 years or older

  1. The anesthesiologist will inject medication through an intravenous line to induce general anesthesia. 

        Pediatric patients usually age 10 or younger

  1. Many children in this age group prefer to have the intravenous line started after falling asleep.  In this situation, the child will fall asleep while breathing anesthetic gases through a face mask.  The anesthesiologist will determine the anesthetic plan in conjunction with the parents.



Regional Anesthesia

    Regional anesthesia involves the injection of a local anesthetic to provide numbness (i.e., loss of pain and/or sensation) to a certain area of the body. 

    Some patients may benefit from the injection of a long-acting local anesthetic to help provide pain relief during and after surgery.  The numbness from the long-acting local anesthetic may last for a few to several hours after surgery and sometimes even up to 24 hours!  Patients will receive an intravenous sedative before the nerve block.

    The common regional anesthetics for adults include:

        Interscalene nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected near the nerves in your neck which will numb your shoulder for surgery

        Axillary nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected near the nerves in your armpit which will numb your forearm and hand for surgery

        Femoral nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected near the nerves in your groin which will numb your knee for surgery

        Popliteal nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected near the nerves in the back of your knee which will number your foot and ankle for surgery

        Ankle nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected near the nerves in your ankle which will numb your foot for surgery


    A common regional anesthetic for pediatric genitourinary patients is the

        Caudal nerve block

  1. Local anesthetic is injected around the nerves near the tailbone in pediatric patients (after they are under general anesthesia) to provide pain relief after penile or groin surgery



Monitored Anesthesia Care

    During Monitored Anesthesia Care, the anesthesiologist may administer medications to make you drowsy and relieve pain during surgery.  These medications supplement the local anesthetic injections administered either by the anesthesiologist or surgeon.        

    While you are sedated, the anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure.  Patients may be awake or aware during the procedure with this type of technique.