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When is general anesthesia necessary?

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Dr. Brian Nichol
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Several factors: It depends on the surgical procedure being performed and wether it can be safely performed under regional or local anesthesia as well as patient position and coexisting diseases.

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A 32-year-old male asked:

What is general anesthesia?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
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 medications , your breathing is controlled , all your vital functions are closely monitored by highly trained professional(s), relatively very safe considering the magnitude of the undertaking on human body.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
General anesthesia is the catch-all term meaning that you are completely unconscious, not just sedated. It can involve a combination of several different medications: some to induce sleep, others to relax muscles and relieve pain. Different meds are selected depending on the patient's procedure and any other health problems. Talk to a physician anesthesiologist if you have more questions.
Feb 28, 2014

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