It is the anesthesiologist who selects the appropriate anesthesia, taking into account patient’s health condition, the type of the surgery, and the course of the postoperative period (e.g. the need for early painful rehabilitation). In our clinic, patients are previously examined and qualified for anesthesia during a specialist anesthesia consultation. After such qualification, if there are no contraindications, the patient is admitted to the hospital for surgery. The most appropriate types of anesthesia are also discussed during the consultation.
In our clinic, most of surgeries are performed under regional anesthesia, which allow to turn off the pain in the operated area, e.g. we block the brachial plexus for hand surgery, we block individual nerves (e.g. femoral or sciatic) in lower limb procedures or we perform special anesthesia (i.e. subarachnoid), which turn off feeling in the lower body (colloquially “from the waist down”). Another type of anesthesia is the epidural anesthesia, which makes it possible to effectively treat post-operative pain, because anesthetic drugs can be administered through a thin catheter left in the epidural space for many hours after the surgery. In addition, we offer patients general intravenous anesthesia, which causes the patient to fall asleep while maintaining his own breathing (without the need for intubation or using a respirator), which eliminates the discomfort associated with the sounds of surgery and forced body position during the procedure. We perform all anesthesia under minimal sedation, i.e. under the influence of drugs that make the patient comfortable, reducing stress and pain associated with the anesthesia itself.