Anesthesia Options

There are various different types of anesthesia that can be used, but do you know exactly what each option means for you?

Topical anesthesia generally refers to eye drops that numb the eye for cataract surgery. It generally takes 20 minutes for the area to become numb after applying the eye drops. Patients may potentially experience some irritation or dryness afterwards.

Local anesthesia can be utilized with or without anesthesia sedation.  If used while the patient is awake, he or she may experience some pain during the injection itself, but within minutes the affected site will be numb. However, if anesthesia sedation is given, patients will be unaware of the injection. When the anesthesia is injected into the area that will be treated, it temporarily blocks the transmission of nerve impulses and motor functions in that specific area. Potential side effects include some swelling from the injections.

Local anesthesia while the patient is awake commonly includes pain blocks and certain podiatry cases.  While procedures such as hernia repair, colorectal procedures, and some orthopedic surgeries require sedation.

Regional anesthesia is a safe method of anesthesia, which, in some cases, may be used as an alternative to general anesthesia, but more often is used in conjunction with general anesthesia for excellent post-operative pain management. Regional anesthesia involves the injection of local anesthetics around nerve groups, which correspond to the area of surgical concern. It thenblocks a group of nerves so that pain cannot reach the brain. This is generally used in large areas like the arms and legs. A potential side effect is not being able to move normally until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

Regional anesthesia is mainly used in orthopedic surgeries involving shoulder and upper extremities, hip and lower extremities.

General anesthesia has been administered safely to millions of patients over the past century.  Although alternatives exist to general anesthesia, in many cases general anesthesia remains the most commonly used form of anesthesia in modern medicine, and can be safely given to the vast majority of patients in an outpatient setting. General anesthesia is either administered via inhalation through a breathing tube, or an IV and causes the patient to be unconscious during surgery to inhibit pain throughout the entire body. Each patient’s experience with anesthesia is unique and depends on the patient’s health and the type of anesthesia used. Potential side effects can include a sore or irritated throat and nausea when you wake up.

General anesthesia is used in most major surgeries.

If you have any questions about the type of anesthesia that will be used prior to your procedure and La Peer, do not hesitate to call us at 855.360.9119. We will make sure all of your questions are answered and that you feel comfortable with your anesthesia plan.

Is cell phone radiation actually dangerous?

Most of us have our cell phones within arms length at all hours of the day. And at one time, we have all heard that the radiation from cell phones could cause tumors, but we continue to use our phones non-stop anyway. So what does the research actually say about this?

Despite years of studies, the answer to this question is still unclear.

The majority of the research has shown no clear relationship between a cell phones’ weak radiation and tumors. However, some experts recommend using a headset or Bluetooth device when possible because it can greatly reduce radiation exposure.

Despite no evidence of a link between cell phones and tumors, you might as well get yourself a Bluetooth because the jury is still out on this one. Researchers plan to continue studying the effects of cell phone radiation on the body until they can come to more conclusive results.

Cancer Rates in the United States are Decreasing

According to a new study released by the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates have been decreasing between 2004 and 2008. The study found that cancer rates have dropped 1.8% per year in men and 1.6% per year in women.

The report attributes advances in cancer screenings and treatment to the prevention of more than a million deaths from cancer since the early 1990s.

Many of the La Peer physicians specialize in various cancer screenings and treatments. If you have a history of cancer in your family, you should begin screenings at an early age in order to increase the odds of detecting cancer at an early, treatable stage.

La Peer surgeons are all experts in their given fields and use the most advanced cancer treatment solutions available.

Guide to Cancer Screenings

Most women know to get a pap smear once a year.  Some people know they are supposed to get a mole check yearly, but did you know there also several other cancer screenings you should have done?

Regular cancer screenings are vital to protecting your health. The doctors at La Peer Health Systems recommend preventative screenings because finding cancer early greatly increases the chance for successful treatment.

While each patient has individual cancer screening needs, based on the family history of cancer, here is a general guide to when and how often you should be seeing your doctor for screenings:

Type of Cancer Who needs to be screened? When do I need to be screened?
Breast All women
  • Start self breast examinations at the age of 20 and repeat them monthly
  • Clinical breast exam should occur every 3 years
  • Schedule your first mammogram around the age of 40 and repeat the breast cancer screening every 1-2 years
Cervical All women aged 18 and over
  • Schedule annual pap smears to check for cervical cancer. After 3 normal tests, you can be screened every 1-3 years
Colorectal Men and women 50 years old and over.

African American men and women should start screenings at age 45.

  • Fecal occult blood test once a year
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years
  • Double contrast barium enema every 5 years
  • Schedule a colonoscopy every 10 years to be screened for colorectal cancer
Prostate Men 40 years old and over
  • Schedule a prostate cancer screening every year
Skin Men and women 20 years old and over
  • Self skin checks once a month
  • Skin exams with a dermatologist annually