Surgery, procedures and anesthesia can be scary. While it is normal to be anxious, we are here to help circumstances seem less frightful. Our mantra is Safe & Comfortable! Depending on what kind of surgery you will be having and your surgeon’s preference, you will get one of three types of anesthesia.

Types of Anesthesia

General Anesthesia:

You are fully asleep, with no memory of the surgery. All your vital signs are monitored and maintained. You will most likely have some type of breathing tube, but won’t be aware of it. Examples of surgeries requiring General: Gall bladder surgery, tummy tucks, Sinus surgery.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC):

This category of anesthesia occurs when your surgery/procedure does not require General or Regional. You are sedated through an intravenous and usually given local anesthesia by your doctor. All your vital signs are monitored. Examples of surgeries/procedures that use MAC: Colonoscopy, Carpal Tunnel, Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain.

Regional Anesthesia:

With this type, a specific body part is numbed, such as your arm or foot. Once anesthetized, you will not have pain in that area. You may still be given some IV sedatives for “brain” comfort. All your vital signs are monitored as with other types of anesthesia. Examples include: Elbow or hand surgery; foot or ankle surgery. Or maybe even a spinal block for a knee arthroscopy.

Remember: Safe & Comfortable!

FAQ’s

Who administers my anesthesia?
Your anesthesia will be provided by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA) who will be at your side the whole time. A CRNA is a fully licensed, insured & independent practitioner who can do everything necessary to get you through a surgery or procedure, safely and comfortably. All CRNAs are Board-Certified. No Physician Anesthesiologist is necessary for a CRNA to practice in California.
What are the important instructions before Anesthesia?
• You must not have anything solid to eat for at least 6 hours prior to your procedure • You may have a few sips of water (not a whole glass or bottle) up to 3 hours before your procedure • Do take your blood pressure and heart medicines with a sip of water • Do take your pain medicines, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants the day of your procedure with a sip of water unless your doctor has said not to. Stay on your routine. They will not interfere with your anesthesia • Hold diabetes medications the day of your procedure—you will be able to resume these drugs once you get home • You may brush your teeth, just swallow minimal water • Wear comfortable, loose fitting, warm clothes • You must have a ride home—Family, Friend or Neighbor—Uber or Taxi don’t count
Who can I call about anesthesia fees and billing?
Indeed, our anesthesia fees are separate from all other fees associated with your surgery/procedure, such as your Doctor’s charges, facility charges, pathology or radiology charges. For more information about our billing process, call our biller, Jannette Roman, at 949.371.8649, ext. 101, or email her at jannette@scmedbiller.com.
I have specific questions about my health and anesthesia or prior experiences with anesthesia. Is there someone I can talk to?
Call Greg Wright at 818.317.6909 or email him at info@foothillanesthesia.com (email preferred).

Excellence, Expertise, for Patients

  • Endoscopy/Colonoscopy—We give Propofol Deep Sedation for your procedure. With Propofol there is no pain and your comfort is maximized. Also, there are fewer post-procedure complaints such as nausea or excess grogginess. You have a faster, more alert recovery and will recall speaking with your doctor afterward.
  • Opthalmology & Oculoplastics–Your eyes, eyelids and face are sensitive. Effective short-acting anesthetics can be used to make your surgery or procedure very comfortable.
  • Fertility and GYN– We will use short acting anesthetics and give the minimal amounts necessary for your procedures. We want your fertility procedure to be a success.
  • Cosmetic– Your comfort and recovery are priorities for these types of surgeries. We will be aggressive with pain and anti-nausea medicines.
  • Orthopedics– Pain control is paramount after your surgery. We will work to that end so you can proceed to your rehabilitation and physical therapy.
  • Oro-Maxillofacial/Dental– Maybe you are having dental implants or your wisdom teeth are impacted. We can anesthetize you so your surgeon can give you his/her highest quality of work. You won’t have to worry about keeping your mouth open for long periods or the anxiety this may cause.

Since 2003, our goal has been to provide confidence-inspiring service. We take you and your experience very seriously. In our eyes, your outpatient surgery is every bit as important as any in-hospital surgery.

Contact

Foothill Anesthesia
301 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Suite 106
Pasadena, Ca 91105

info@foothillanesthesia.com

818.317.6909