Anesthesiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
At BID Plymouth, our anesthesiologists are committed to your comfort during surgery and through your recovery. Our team includes a group of dedicated anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse practitioners.
We are dedicated to keeping you safe and pain-free during surgery. Our specialists work with you before, during and after your procedure. On the day of surgery, your anesthesiologist will provide the appropriate medication based on your type of surgery. Anesthesiologists also help patients manage their pain after surgery.
We provide care in our operating rooms, the Birthplace, cardiovascular labs, endoscopy suites, radiology department, Pain Management Center and Emergency Department. Hospital anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can count on us for any medical emergency.
Our anesthesiologists are experts in post-surgery pain control and minimizing postoperative pain. They also provide outstanding pain control during labor and delivery (including C-sections) using advanced anesthetic techniques.
Our anesthesiologists are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiologists. We strictly follow the guidelines of The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Our nurse anesthetists earn an advanced degree with a focus on anesthesiology.
You will receive a separate bill for the care they provide. Contact the anesthesia billing office at 886-717-7300 if you still have questions.
Types of Anesthesia
Speak with your doctor about the anesthesia that is right for you. We offer several types of medications to keep you comfortable.
Patients receiving general anesthesia usually receive drugs through an intravenous (IV) line. A thin plastic tube is placed in your vein, usually in your forearm or hand. These medications put you in a deep sleep before surgery so you will not feel any pain.
You will receive an injection near a nerve or group of nerves to numb the area of your body that requires surgery. You also may receive an injection in your vein to make you sleepy. This temporarily blocks pain.
Spinal and epidural anesthesia are medications inserted into your back. The medications are injected through a needle while you lay on your side or sit up. You will become numb from the waist down and will not be able to move your legs. The medicine will wear off in around four hours. If you receive an epidural, a small tube may be left in place to help with any pain after surgery.
A nerve block causes temporary loss of sensation and numbness. If you receive a peripheral nerve block, local anesthesia is injected around a nerve or small group of nerves. This will block pain in the surgical area of your body. It also will provide long-acting pain relief. A nerve block is often used with other forms of medicine. A small tube may be left in place to help with any pain after surgery.
Local anesthesia temporarily stops the pain in an area of your body. For minor surgery, an injection will numb the affected part of your body.
To receive MAC, you will first have an exam and evaluation by the anesthesia professional either before or on the day of your surgery. During surgery, you receive medications through your vein to sedate you. You may simply feel relaxed or be very sleepy. The level of sedation must be maintained or sometimes adjusted. An anesthesia professional will watch you throughout the surgery.