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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CRNA or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

A CRNA is a licensed advanced practice nurse who administers all types of anesthesia like an anesthesiologist. CRNAs work with surgeons, dentists, podiatrists, and may work in collaboration with anesthesiologists. They have advanced training and a master’s degree, are nationally certified and take a board exam. A CRNA is an anesthesia expert with a commitment to high standards in a demanding field. They administer all types of anesthesia for all types of surgical cases and provide regional anesthesia and pain management services.

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