4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959
Hospitalized patients often need relief from pain, discomfort and anxiety. At The Outer Banks Hospital, we use a care team approach to anesthesia services. In most cases, a physician trained in anesthesia will be in charge of and responsible for the anesthesiology services. The doctor may provide that care directly or with a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) - a nurse who has completed advanced training in anesthesia and related procedures.
The CRNA, working under the direction of a physician, will stay with you during your procedure. The physician will be present and involved in the most critical aspects of your care including going to sleep and waking up from anesthesia. The physician is available at all times to address any problems you may have.
Please talk with your anesthesia provider if you need additional information.
What types of anesthesia are available?
Three types of anesthesia available are:
You may get a nerve block in addition to general anesthesia to decrease pain. You will not go to sleep, but you may fall asleep from time to time. Regional anesthesia makes an area of the body numb. Injection is made near the nerve that affects that area of the body. The medicine may be injected into the skin or a muscle in the area of the procedure and may or may not be used with an IV.
Airway devices are face masks and other devices that make sure enough oxygen gets to your lungs. They also reduce the chances of material from the throat or stomach getting into the lungs. Airway devices are placed in the throat or windpipe. Except for special circumstances, you are asleep when these are placed and removed.
This type of anesthesia is given through an IV. You will be monitored just as you were having a general or regional anesthesia. You may or may not remember your procedure. Conscious sedation