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Anesthesia: Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)Anestesia: Cuidado anest©sico monitorizado

Anesthesia: Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)

You're scheduled for surgery. During surgery, you'll receive medication called anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain-free. Your surgeon has decided that you'll receive monitored anesthesia care. This sheet tells you what to expect with this type of anesthesia.

What Is Monitored Anesthesia Care?

Monitored anesthesia care (MAC) keeps you sedated during surgery. You may be awake during the procedure, but you may not remember it. And you won't feel pain. With MAC, your anesthesia provider gives you sedatives and painkillers through an IV. The surgeon may also inject a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. The anesthesia provider monitors your condition throughout the procedure. He or she checks your heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, and blood oxygen level.

Anesthesia Tools and Medications

  • A pulse oximeter on the end of the finger measures your blood oxygen level.

  • Electrocardiography leads (electrodes) record your heart rate and rhythm.

  • Sedatives and painkillers given through an IV relax you and keep you comfortable. You may stay awake or sleep lightly.

  • Local anesthetic is usually given to numb the area near the surgical site.

  • Oxygen may be given to you through a facemask.

Risks and Possible Complications

Monitored anesthesia care carries some risks. These include:

  • Breathing problems

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Allergic reaction to the anesthetic

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