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Anesthesia 101


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Anesthesia blocks the feeling of pain and other sensations. Anesthesia is generally used so that surgery can be performed without unnecessary pain. There are three types of anesthesia:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • General

Anesthesia is usually administered by a specialized physician (anesthesiologist) or a nurse anesthetist.

When anesthesia will be used, ask:

  • About the qualifications of the person who will administer the anesthesia.
  • The possible side effects and risks of having anesthesia for your particular case.

There are risks associated with anesthesia, especially in an outpatient setting.

Patients who have ever had a family member experience complications during anesthesia should discuss their own risks before undergoing anesthesia.

Ideally, meet the anesthesiologist before the operation. At least, be sure your anesthesiologist knows about all of your medical conditions, including all allergies and any medications you have been taking. This information may affect your response to the anesthesia.

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