Anesthesia is medicine to help decrease pain and increase comfort. The type of anesthesia you receive depends on the type of procedure you’re having. Prior to any use of this type of medicine, you’ll meet with your anesthesia provider to discuss any options, review risks and side-effects, and answer your questions. 

General anesthesia

Used for most types of surgeries, this type of anesthesia ensures that you’re completely asleep. It’s administered through an IV, face mask, or tube in your nose or throat.

Spinal or Epidural

Causes numbing from your abdomen to your feet and used primarily for childbirth, hernia repair, or removal of your appendix.

Peripheral nerve block

This can be used to treat severe or chronic pain, usually affecting the arm, leg, back, or neck. A nerve block may also be used to numb a certain part of your body during a surgical procedure.

Saddle block or caudal anesthesia

Used to numb buttocks, inner thighs, hips, and the area between your legs. This type is usually administered for surgical treatment of hemorrhoids or episiotomy repair.