Who will be my anesthesia provider in the small town I live in?

CRNAs are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America, enabling healthcare facilities in these medically underserved areas to offer obstetrical, surgical, and trauma stabilization services. In Missouri, CRNAs are the sole providers in nearly 90 percent of the rural hospitals.

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Spinal Anesthesia

A regional anesthetic technique where a local anesthetic is placed into the spinal canal using a very small needle. No catheter is left in place. The patient becomes completely numb and unable to move from about the bottom of the ribcage down to the toes. Patients can remain awake for the procedure (usually for a c-section) but they often receive sedation along with the spinal.

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