When undergoing any type of surgical procedure, anesthesia is often one of the first things that we discuss with our patients. The type of surgery you’re about to undergo will often help us determine the right type of anesthesia to help you relax and remain pain-free throughout the procedure. Certain procedures only require our anesthesiologists to administer local anesthesia, which numbs a very small region around where the surgery will be performed. Have our board-certified anesthesiologists recommended local anesthesia for your upcoming surgery? Here’s what you should know.
How Local Anesthesia Works in Tulsa, OK
A local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area so you don’t feel any pain and discomfort; however, this form of anesthesia is not designed to make you feel drowsy or fall asleep. You will be awake during the procedure but the area will be fully numb, so you won’t feel a thing. Since this form of anesthesia doesn’t impact consciousness, it is also considered one of the safest forms of anesthesia. So, how does local anesthesia work? It works by blocking the nerve signals from the body to the brain so you don’t experience pain. Within minutes of local anesthesia being administered, you shouldn’t feel anything. It can also take up to eight hours to wear off so it’s normal for the area to be numb for hours after your procedure.
When Local Anesthesia is Used
Local anesthesia can be used by a wide range of medical professionals, from general practitioners and surgeons to dentists. While local anesthesia is often administered as an injection, there are creams and gels that can also numb the area. Local anesthesia is most commonly used during minor surgical procedures such as,
- Removing lesions, warts, moles, and cancerous growths
- Removing a wisdom tooth, as well as other dental procedures such as filling a cavity
- Performing a biopsy
- Cataract removal and other types of minor eye surgeries
- Removal of an ingrown toenail
- Suturing a wound
Getting Local Anesthesia
Our surgical team will provide you with all the do’s and don’ts before your surgery, as well as after your surgery. These instructions will include everything from when to stop eating or drinking before your surgery as well as stopping any medications that you are currently taking. We also want you to rest assured that we will never begin your procedure until local anesthesia has fully kicked in. We will be communicating with you the entire time to make sure that you don’t feel a thing before we even begin. Communication is key and we want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their procedure.