There is often more then one choice as to the type of anesthesia used for a special procedure or for surgery. The types of anesthesia may be placed within three broad categories: intravenous sedation, regional blocks and general anesthesia. These three types may not be appropriate for all types of surgeries or procedures, or for any one particular patient. The type of anesthesia is determined after your consultation with your anesthesiologist.
If you desire general anesthesia, you will sometimes require a breathing tube which we refer to as an endotracheal tube. This is an artificial airway which, in most cases, will be removed prior to your awakening, either at the end of your surgery or shortly after arriving in the recovery room.