Anesthesia and Safety
The Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center is a full service plastic surgery facility and is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. Modern advancements in anesthesia, surgical technique and out-patient delivery of care have significantly reduced the risk of cosmetic surgery.
At the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center, anesthesia services are performed by Integra Anesthesia Associates. Our Director of Anesthesia Services is Mr. Tony Pemerton, CRNA, who along with colleague Mr. Robert Snow, CRNA, have collectively over twenty-five years of anesthesia experience. On the day of surgery, these Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA's) will be delivering anesthesia medication to and monitoring our surgical patients.
Patients undergoing procedures at the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center will have either Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) or General Anesthesia. Minor procedures can be performed under local anesthesia administered by the plastic surgeon and do not necessitate anesthesia.
MAC anesthesia is delivered intravenously to make the patient drowsy while the local anesthesia is injected. During the patient's procedure the local anesthesia will keep the patient free of pain at the surgical site, and the sedation will prevent anxiety. The patient's vital signs will be monitored and supplemental oxygen delivered. Some of the advantages of MAC anesthesia are less nausea and a shorter stay in the recovery room.
General anesthesia is performed using intravenous medications to achieve the proper depth of anesthesia and analgesia. With this method the patient's level of anesthesia is deep enough to block both pain and awareness. During this process, the patient's vital signs, blood oxygen levels and expired carbon dioxide levels are meticulously monitored.
Following surgery the patient is transported to the recovery room and closely monitored by the nursing staff until he/she can be safely discharged home. The length of time in this area of the Wetherington Plastic Surgery Center depends upon the length of the surgery and the type of anesthetic. However, most patients can expect to recover in about one hour.