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Buffalo General Medical Center
B Building, 3rd Floor
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Anesthesia

Anesthesiologists are physicians responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of anesthesia during surgical procedures.  They are also in charge of maintaining patient life support during surgery or a procedure.

Anesthesiology services at Buffalo General are provided by Maplegate Anesthesia, which is comprised of dozens of physicians dedicated to the highest standards of excellence in patient care.  Anesthesiologists are on duty at Buffalo General Medical Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Anesthesia

Anesthesia is medication that keeps a patient comfortable during a procedure or surgery and is administered by a highly-trained specialist - either an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist.

Types of anesthesia include:

General Anesthesia
The patient is completely asleep and unaware of his or her surroundings. The anesthesia can be administered by an intravenous injection through a thin tube in the arm or inhaled as a gas.
Regional Anesthesia
Regional anesthesia numbs certain areas of the body so the patient feels no pain. Additional medications may be given to promote relaxation.
Monitored Sedation
Monitored sedation keeps the patient relaxed and comfortable. Depending on the procedure, the patient may remain awake and aware throughout the procedure or may be drowsy or in a light sleep.
Local Anesthesia
Local anesthesia affects only the area involved in the procedure and may be used in combination with sedation.
Epidural Anesthesia
An epidural, commonly used for labor and delivery, is primarily for lower pelvic surgery and can be used with general anesthesia. Occasionally, epidurals are used for post-operative pain management.
Spinal Anesthesia
Spinal anesthesia paralyzes the lower body beginning at the hip and is frequently used in hip replacement surgery.