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Whats the difference between anesthesia and analgesia?
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Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology
12 doctors agree
In brief: Pain relief
Analgesia is the relief of pain, you may or may not need to be under anesthesia for that.
Anesthesia implies either unconsciousness (general anesthesia) or complete absence of sensation (regional anesthesia). Analgesia can take a variety of forms including pain medications, local anethesia or regional block.

In brief: Pain relief
Analgesia is the relief of pain, you may or may not need to be under anesthesia for that.
Anesthesia implies either unconsciousness (general anesthesia) or complete absence of sensation (regional anesthesia). Analgesia can take a variety of forms including pain medications, local anethesia or regional block.
Dr. Rita Agarwal
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
8 doctors agree
In brief: Anesthesia/analgesia
Analgesia means without pain (an + algos).
Anesthesia means without sensation (an + asthesis). As such, an analgesic medication provides relief from pain. An anesthetic medication will remove all sensation, including pain, temperature, and touch.

In brief: Anesthesia/analgesia
Analgesia means without pain (an + algos).
Anesthesia means without sensation (an + asthesis). As such, an analgesic medication provides relief from pain. An anesthetic medication will remove all sensation, including pain, temperature, and touch.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Uncontious vs pain
Analgesia is about the relief of pain analgesia is about the relief of pain, amnesia(usually by unconsciousness) and blocking the stress response to surgery (relax the muscles, blunt heart and endcrine response, support the kidneys, protect the brain).
Anesthesia is a greek word meaning "a strange sleep - strange because no sense of time exists.

In brief: Uncontious vs pain
Analgesia is about the relief of pain analgesia is about the relief of pain, amnesia(usually by unconsciousness) and blocking the stress response to surgery (relax the muscles, blunt heart and endcrine response, support the kidneys, protect the brain).
Anesthesia is a greek word meaning "a strange sleep - strange because no sense of time exists.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
In brief: Effects
Anesthesia means lack of feeling, while analgesia means lack of pain.
In the first, anesthesia, you will be asleep, but in the second you will be awake. I hope this answers your question.

In brief: Effects
Anesthesia means lack of feeling, while analgesia means lack of pain.
In the first, anesthesia, you will be asleep, but in the second you will be awake. I hope this answers your question.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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