Your Anesthesia Team
What to Expect For Your Outpatient Procedure
Today, the majority of surgical procedures do not require an overnight stay in the hospital and an outpatient setting has proven to be a safe, convenient, and cost-effective alternative to meet your care needs.
Anesthesia for Ambulatory Surgery
If you are in reasonably good health, you are likely a candidate for ambulatory surgery. By utilizing short acting medications and special techniques, anesthesia is tailored to meet the needs of outpatient surgery and significantly reduces recovery time. When your procedure is scheduled, you will be contacted by a nurse to complete our Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation with questions about previous anesthetic experiences, medical conditions, allergies, and medications or herbal products you may use. Immediately prior to your procedure, you will meet your Anesthesiologist who will interview you to discuss your information and review any questions or concerns you may have.
What types of Anesthesia are available?
Your Anesthesiologist will determine the appropriate anesthetic technique to meet your needs based on your health status and the nature of your procedure.
With this technique, the patient’s body is rendered unconscious and unable to feel surgical pain through a combination of anesthetic gases and intravenous pain medication. As with any anesthetic, general anesthesia has risks but serious complications associated with general anesthesia are extremely rare.
An anesthetic technique in which a particular part or area of the patient’s body is rendered insensitive using a local anesthetic or numbing agent. This technique is especially appealing in Orthopaedics because the surgeries frequently involve an extremity. Regional anesthesia can manage pain during the surgery and provide long lasting post-operative pain relief.
Monitored Anesthesia Care
With this approach, the patient receives pain medication and sedatives through an intravenous line from the Anesthesiologist. Local anesthesia also will be injected into the skin to provide additional pain control during and after the procedure. Your Anesthesiologist will monitor your vital body functions.
The Surgeon will inject local anesthetic to provide numbness at the surgical site. This technique does not require a member of the Anesthesia team.
For your procedure scheduled with the Piedmont Orthopedics | OrthoAtlanta Surgery Center of Austell, your anesthesia care will be given or directly supervised by an Anesthesiologist from Georgia Anesthesiologists, P.C.
You will be billed separately for services provided by the Anesthesia team of Georgia Anesthesiologists, P.C. This group participates in most managed care networks and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your financial obligations. Please feel free to contact their billing office with any questions.