The type(s) of anesthesia you may receive will be discussed with you during pre-admission testing. The final decision is a joint decision on the day of surgery between you, your surgeon and your anesthesiologist.
General anesthesia is a treatment that puts you to sleep during surgical procedures, so you don’t feel or remember anything that happens. General anesthesia is given through intravenous drugs or inhaled gases.
Regional anesthesia is when an anesthetic is injected into your body and numbs the area that is being operated on.
Spinal anesthesia medicine is injected into the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord, which will numb the area that is being operated on.
Regardless of the type of anesthesia, you should discuss with your surgeon, before your procedure, the types of pain medication you might need after your surgery and what you should expect to feel as you recover.
Please be aware that the Department of Anesthesiology will bill you for services separately from the bill for the surgical procedure.
Any and all questions related to anesthesia billing may be forwarded to the Anesthesiology Department at 718-670-1435 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday).