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How is general anesthesia different from local anesthesia

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Wertkin
Specializes in General Surgery
In many ways: Local anesthesia involves injecting an anesthetic agent into one part of the body to make it numb--giving novocaine for dental work is an example. Ge ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience in Periodontics
Girations: We give humans local and expect them to sty still and cooperate. A cat cannot stay still and needs general anesthesia to keep it still.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer McAroy
16 years experience in Dentistry
Local vs. general: Local involves the "part" and general means the whole body is sedated, somewhat.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Mentoplasty: The answer really depends on how involved the planned surgery will be. If its straight forward then yes local anesthesia is quite fine, if there is go ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia blocks transmission of local nerves and nerve endings with local anesthetics applied locally. General anesthesia is systemic, introdu ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
General anesthesia: Requires an anesthesiologist. Most surgeons administer their own local anesthesia & which is included in the surgical fee, or there is a minimal c ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Versed can: Be construed as conscious sedation, whereas general anesthesia implies laryngeal mask or endotracheal intubation to control air way. There are other t ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ionel Rad
Dr. Ionel Rad answered
16 years experience in Anesthesiology
1 vs many drugs: Versed sedation is used when there is a procedure with minimal surgery or when local is used a lot. There is a relative high incidence (compared with ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Noorda
24 years experience in Dentistry
A lot: Local anesthesia numbs the area of surgery, but does not calm or sedate you. General anesthesia makes you completely unconscious, but does not make yo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Henning
49 years experience in Anesthesiology
Both: Can achieve the goals of patient comfort, minimization of pain, reduced anxiety and minimal patient movement and recall, assuming that either is an ac ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Injection: Local anesthetic is typically injected by needle into the tissue immediately below the skin in the area that one wants to numb. This can usually be p ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cheyenne Babcock
22 years experience in Anesthesiology
This : This is a great question! the range of the effects of sedative/anesthetic drugs is characterized by patient alertness, airway control and breathing, a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer McAroy
16 years experience in Dentistry
Local anesthesia: It is administered via injection, utilizing a needle.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Roethle
15 years experience in Anesthesiology
Very low risk: In an otherwise healthy patient, general anesthesia is very safe. But just like anything, it is not without risk. Minor risks include nausea and sore ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn MacFarlane
35 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
DEPENDS: Having no IV sedation is always best because you eliminate a procedure you may not need. You will always have local anesthesia even under IV sedation. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: Yes. Most oral surgeons utilize IV sedation in their offices.
A male asked:
Dr. Michael Aziz
19 years experience in Anesthesiology
Local : Local anesthesia with sedation is an option, though the majority patients require general anesthesia for genioplasty. It is difficult to get all of t ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Conner
27 years experience in Psychiatry
Not the same: No. Iv anesthesia sedates the patient, but they are still awake. They just don't really care and don't' really remember what happened during the proce ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience in General Surgery
Very Different: Local anesthesia involves injection of numbing medication into an area requiring surgery. As the name implies, it is only effective in this local area ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
For GA: you will be asleep and with epidural might be able to move your feet slightly and feel light touch but not pain
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
What normally called: " to put you to sleep" before surgical procedure , is not feel pain , and will not be aware the procedure being done , by anesthetic medi ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Craig Ruetzel
32 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Essentially none.: Maybe one done for small fibroids in the uterine cavity, but all others require general anesthesia.

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