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Anesthesiology

Care and Treatment at Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Our affiliate, Massachusetts General Hospital, provides anesthesia coverage for our hospital through physicians from its Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. Other benefits of this collaboration include assistance with newborn resuscitation during deliveries, post-operative recovery, ventilator management, support for endoscopic procedures and on-Island pre-operative testing for patients scheduled for major surgical procedures at MGH in Boston.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital provides anesthesia coverage for our surgical and maternity departments through our affiliate, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.

What kind of Anesthesia Is available?

There are several types of anesthetic techniques available. The recommended anesthetic technique will depend upon several factors including:

  • Your surgical procedure
  • Your medical history
  • Your preference.

 

There are four anesthetic options, alone or in combination available:

  • Local Anesthesia – The surgeon will inject local anesthetic to provide numbness at the surgical site.
  • Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) – The surgeon will inject local anesthesia, to provide pain control during and after the procedure. In addition, the anesthesia team may inject sedatives and pain medication through your intravenous line. While you are sedated, your anesthesia team will monitor your vital body functions.
  • Regional Anesthesia – This involves injection of local anesthesia around nerves in the area of your body corresponding to the surgical procedure site.
    • Epidural or spinal blocks anesthetize the stomach area and both lower extremities.
    • Nerve block may be done in the arm or leg to anesthetize individual extremity.
  • General anesthesia Anesthesia – is given intravenously or through an anesthesia mask (as in young children) to render unconsciousness, loss of feeling and awareness.f

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Additional information about Anesthesia

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight before your surgery/procedure. No candy, cough drops, breath mints, or chewing gum the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs one (1) week before surgery/procedure. These include (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Daypro, Aleve, Naprosyn, Naproxen, etc). If you need pain medication, it is OK to take Tylenol.
  • Stop taking Vitamin E, and all herbal supplements (including fish oil) (one) 1 week before surgery/procedure.
  • Any vitamins, minerals, potassium, calcium supplements, or over-the-counter medicines
  • Oral diabetes medications (Glipizide, Glyburide, Metformin, Rosilitazone, Actos, Glucotrol, Avandia, Glucophage, etc).

Do take morning of Surgery/Procedure (with a sip of water)

  • Medicines or inhalers for asthma or emphysema
  • Medicines for acid reflux or GERD or hiatal hernia
  • Eye drops for glaucoma
  • Blood pressure medicines

Additional instructions:

  • Bring your inhalers to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Bring your CPAP machine, mask, and necessary hoses to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Medicines or inhalers for asthma or emphysema
  • Medicines for acid reflux or GERD or hiatal hernia
  • Eye drops for glaucoma
  • Blood pressure medicines

Additional instructions:

  • Bring your inhalers to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Bring your CPAP machine, mask, and necessary hoses to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Bring your inhalers to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.
  • Bring your CPAP machine, mask, and necessary hoses to the hospital on the day of surgery/procedure.