Anesthesia Information

What to Expect For Your Outpatient Procedure

The majority of eye procedures do not require an overnight stay. An outpatient setting has proven to be a safe, convenient, and cost-effective alternative. Your procedure has been scheduled at Independent Surgery Center with your surgeon and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA).

What is Ambulatory Anesthesia?

If you are in reasonably good health, you are likely a candidate for ambulatory anesthesia and surgery. By utilizing short acting medications and special techniques, ambulatory anesthesia is tailored to meet the needs of outpatient surgery and significantly reduces recovery time. When your procedure is scheduled, you will be called by a registered nurse from Independent Surgery Center. This pre-operative call will review previous anesthetic experiences, medical conditions, allergies, and medications or herbal products you may use. Immediately prior to your procedure, you will meet the CRNA who will interview you to discuss your information and review any questions or concerns you may have.

What types of Anesthesia are available?

Your Surgeon and CRNA will determine the appropriate anesthetic technique to meet your needs based on your health status and the nature of your procedure.

Local Anesthesia

  • Local Anesthesia: Anesthetizing agents are injected or infiltrated directly into a small area of the body, usually the surgical site(s) to inhibit nerve transmission.
  • Topical Anesthesia: Surface anesthesia is produced by direct application of anesthetizing agents on the skin or mucous membranes.

Ophthalmic Anesthesia

  • Retrobulbar Block: Block that is performed by injection of a local anesthetic into the retrobulbar space to anesthetize and immobilize the eye.
  • Peribulbar Block: Block that is performed by injection of a local anesthetic where the tip of the needle remains in the peribulbar space so the optic nerve is protected.

Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)

The anesthesia provider monitors blood pressure, oxygenation, heart rate, heart rhythm and mental state, and supplements sedation and analgesia as needed.

You will be billed for anesthesia services provided by the CRNA through Independent Surgery Center, LLC.


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