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The surgeons, nurses and anesthesia team who care for you at the ASC are all members of the Mass General staff. At the ASC, you will receive the same excellent care as you would on Mass General's Boston campus, with the added convenience of free parking and easy access to many of the major routes surrounding Boston.
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Pre-surgery preparation begins at your surgeon's office. If you need labs & an EKG before surgery, your surgeon will arrange these for you.
A registered nurse will call you two to seven days before your surgery for a phone interview. During this telephone interview, the nurse will review your medical history with you and tell you what you can expect at the ASC. An anesthesiologist will review your record & contact you if needed.
If you are scheduled to have your surgery done under Local Anesthesia (with a numbing medication injected at the surgical site and no medications for sedation), your medical history will be reviewed. You will be contacted to confirm allergies, site and side of your procedure and to answer any questions.
You will be registered as a patient and escorted to the preoperative teaching room or pre-operative prep area. If time allows, you will receive your post operative instructions prior to entering the preoperative area. If time does not allow, we will review instructions with your family member. A member of the peri-operative nursing staff will admit you.
If your doctor recommends buying a cold therapy unit to use after surgery, you can purchase it through the Mass General Foot & Ankle retail store. If you purchase the unit this way, it will be delivered to you at the ASC on the day of your surgery. Please note, if you purchase a cold therapy unit, you will need a supply of ice at home after your surgery.
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The Mass General Orthopaedic ASC Anesthesia Department is made-up of Anesthesiologists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and a rotating senior MGH anesthesia resident. Our goal at the ASC is to make your anesthetic and surgical experience the safest it can be and to discharge you home in the most comfortable manner possible.
During your pre-operative visit with your surgeon, you may discuss the different anesthetic options for your surgery, and you will be instructed by the office to fill out pre-surgical questionnaire online through your Patient Gateway account. We prefer this to be done prior to your pre-op nursing and anesthesia evaluations. Regardless, 3-5 days prior to your scheduled procedure, you will receive a phone call from a nurse. If regional anesthesia, also known as a nerve block, is an option for your surgery, you will also receive a call from an anesthesiologist.
There are several different options available for orthopaedic surgical procedures including general anesthesia, MAC (local anesthesia with IV sedation), IV regional anesthesia (Bier Block), regional anesthesia (nerve block) or a combination of the options. The type of anesthesia you will receive for your surgical procedure will be dependent on the several factors: the particular surgical procedure, the surgeon's preference for that procedure, your medical condition, the anesthesiologist's recommendation and the patient's preference.
Listed below are the different types of anesthesia we use at the ASC. Visit the Anesthesia Options page to read about the type of anesthesia your surgeon uses for different surgeries.
General Anesthesia is an anesthetic technique in which the patient's body is cannot feel surgical pain, and the patient is totally unconscious. It may be used as the primary anesthetic or in conjunction with a regional anesthesia based on the surgeon or the patient's preference. [Read more].
At the ASC, sedation plays an important role in making your anesthetic and surgical experience less stressful. The anesthesiologist will use IV sedation either during the performance of a regional block or in the OR during the surgical procedure. [Read more].
Regional Anesthesia, also known as a nerve block, is an anesthetic technique in which a part or area the patient's body is made numb (put to sleep) using a local anesthetic or numbing medicine. Because orthopedic surgeries involve the extremities, (e.g. Shoulder to hand or hip to foot) regional anesthesia can be a good anesthetic option. [Read more].
The adductor canal/saphenous nerve block is a regional anesthetic technique used in conjunction with general anesthesia for ACL reconstruction surgery, tibial osteotomies and other more painful complex surgeries involving the knee joint. Some surgeons prefer it over a femoral nerve block because it is purely a sensory nerve block, providing good pain relief, and there is no weakness of the muscles associated with it. [Read more].
The ankle block is a regional anesthetic technique used in conjunction with sedation or a light general anesthesia for surgeries of the foot. [Read more].
The axillary block is a regional anesthetic technique used in conjunction with sedation or a light general anesthesia for surgeries of the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. [Read more].
The Bier Block or IV Regional is a regional anesthetic technique used for surgery of the forearm, wrist and hand. Unlike the other regional techniques the Bier block or IV regional is a short lasting regional technique and is performed in the operating room itself. [Read more].
The femoral nerve block is a regional anesthetic technique occasionally used in conjunction with general anesthesia for ACL reconstruction surgery, tibial osteotomies and other more painful complex surgeries involving the knee joint. [Read more].
The infraclavicular block is a regional anesthetic technique used in conjunction with sedation or a light general anesthesia for surgeries of the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. [Read more].
The interscalene block is a regional anesthetic technique usually used in conjunction with sedation or a light general anesthesia for surgeries of the shoulder and upper arm. [Read more].
The popliteal nerve block is a regional anesthetic technique used in conjunction with sedation or a light general anesthesia for surgery of the lower leg, ankle and foot. [Read more].
The supraclavicular block is a regional anesthetic technique usually used in conjunction with a light general anesthesia for surgeries of the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. [Read more].
These videos contain important information about recovering from your surgery and any equipment you will need to use at home.
Select the type of procedure to see the appropriate videos to watch.
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