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Anesthesia for your foot and ankle surgery Part 1

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Are you curious about you what type of anesthesia will be used for your surgery? 

Many foot surgeries are outpatient, meaning you go home the same day of surgery and a lighter anesthesia is used. Monitored Anesthesia Aare or MAC sedation is also known as Twilight Anesthesia and is a combination of local anesthesia and conscience sedation.  This is ideal because it allows for short-term anesthesia and early discharge. In other words, you wake up quicker and can go home sooner. It is a combination of amnestic (short term loss of memory, so you don’t remember the procedure), analgesic (for loss of pain sensation), and sedating drug (to make you feel nice and relaxed).   Just enough IV sedation is given so that you are not so aware of the local anesthetic given by the surgeon, which isn’t all the comfortable. Then once that is over the sedation lightens gradually until you are awake and comfortable throughout the duration of the procedure.  You respond to verbal command and you breath on your own but often times you are relaxed and calm enough to slip off into a nice sleep. And of course you are carefully monitored throughout by an anesthesiologist. 

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